Shimla: Encouraged by the success rate of the Rs 4 crore conservation breeding program of Western Tragopan at the Sarahan pheasantry, forest minister JP Nadda out on a field visit said that seven more enclosures were being constructed with and outlay of Rs 1.2 crore.
Commending the wild life experts Nadda said that Himachal had achieved a rare breakthrough in 1990 by successfully breeding the highly endangered pheasant, Western Tragopan in captivity.
The minister expressed satisfaction over successful captive breeding of the state bird.
Out of 24 eggs laid by Western Tragopan this season, the first chick from the lot is already born and more are likely to follow in the weeks ahead as hatching is in progress.
Later the minister visited Sangla valley where he reviewed implementation of the catchment area treatment plan for Baspa river upto Chitkul village.
Senior officers of forest department accompanied the minister.