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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

700-year-old banyan tree put on saline drip

Hydrabad, 19 April, (

The world's second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri of Mahabubnagar district in Telangana is on ‘saline drip’ now as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying.

The 700-year-old ficus tree is now given treatment by injecting a diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested the tree. As pumping of chemical into the stem failed, forest officials are infusing the chemical solution drop by drop using saline bottles similar to a saline drip given to patients in the hospital.

Termites had affected almost entire tree due to which parts of it are fallen, and it closed for tourists in December 2017.Officials have put the saline drip of diluted chemical Chloropyrifos bottles numbering few hundreds for every two metres of the giant banyan tree.

Mahabubnagar District Forest Officer Chukka Ganga Reddy told TOI,”The tree is spread over more than three acres of land and part of it has fallen due to the decay of the roots and stem.

With the expert opinion of retired IFS official Manoranjan Bhanja, we have started treatment and protection in three ways.

We diluted the Chlorpyrifos chemical and started pushing it into the stem by keeping holes, but it didn’t work out.

- Asian Tribune -

700-year-old banyan tree put on saline drip
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