With a view to taking steps for rehabilitation
and restoration of agriculture in different tribal villages of Nicobar,
a team headed by Shri Vikas Anand, Assistant Commissioner & SDM, Campbell
Bay, Shri N. Biswas, Soil Conservation Officer, staff of Agriculture and
Revenue Departments, Campbell Bay visited entire east coast of Little Nicobar
Island on April 23, 2005. Shri Paul Joora, Chairman Tribal Council Kondul
and First and Second Captains of each tribal village accompanied the visiting
team at Pulo Panja and assessed the extent of damage to land, crops, houses,
hori, boats, loss of pigs and poultry etc. Most of the plantation of Pulopanja
and nearby tribal villages of Curn, Ugnyoun, Dasahai, Chatiphu, Pilo Bha,
Pereng, Rereng, Llamah, Uduanna, Kenlaicheh, Pulopathia, Pulohoi, Pulobha,
Kinkon, Rinlada, Shaluch, Pulu Peya, Pulo Ulon, Langhi (Panbasti) had severe
land and crop loss ranging from 40 to 60 % of plantation area. Tsunami
had damaged thousands of plantation trees of coconut, arecanut, banana
and other fruit plants.
The visiting team with the help of Tribal
Captains developed a coconut nursery bed of 102 seed nuts and the Soil
Conservation Officer demonstrated the method of raising a coconut nursery
bed. The tribals were requested to take up the work of raising coconut
seedlings which the Agriculture Department will purchase at the rate of
Rs. 15/- per seedling from them for planting in the tribal villages as
a package of rehabilitation and restoration of agriculture.
The team also visited jetty and adjacent
area of Kondul Island which had also suffered severe crop and land damage.
On April 21, 2005, the team had visited
Pullmillow and Mackachua tribal villages of Little Nicobar. Hundred banana
suckers and twenty coconut seedlings were distributed and planted. Damage
to land, plantation crops, and houses were assessed.
Twentyeight tribal villagers could visit
their native village after Tsunami for the first time.