New Forest and Agriculture Project The area around Ghonghariya village has seen a significant amount of deforestation over the years. Much of the land is of poor quality and, along with little rain in previous years, it has been difficult for locals to grow agriculture and support their families. In order to address some of these issues, NPWT purchased some land near Ghonghariya village beside the river and from the 15th April 2012 NPWT has officially started its Forestry and Agriculture Project. One of the aims of the Project is to plant trees in South Bihar to assist retention of water in tree root systems and water tables during the monsoon ensuring better availability of water in the dry season. Currently in dry season the water tables and land dries up significantly, leaving the area looking more like a desert than fertile agriculture land. It is also hoped this can help minimise flooding problems further upriver in North Bihar during monsoon season.