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Massive afforestation planned in Khagrachhari

About four lakh saplings distributed
Our Correspondent, Khagrachhari

The government has undertaken a massive afforestation programme in Khagrachhari Hill District.Over three lakh acres of land would be brought under the programme in eight upazilas of the hill district.

The initiative was taken following success of the Participatory Afforestation Programme in the district in last five years.

Different government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) helped succeed the programme.

The stakeholders of the programme include nine horti-culture centres, agriculture extension units, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, Divisional Forest Office (DFO) and NGOs like Proshika, Epek and British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB).

They organisations distributed over 20 lakh saplings for free in last five years.

Meanwhile, a tree plantation movement and tree fair concluded here recently. Held at the Officers’ Club here the fair was jointly organised by Khagrachhari district administration and Divisional Forest office (DFO) to created awareness about benefits of afforestation.

Many socio-cultural organisations took part in the fair.

In the fair, government organisation distributed three lakh saplings among people while BATB distributed 3.75 lakh saplings for free.

Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) Chairman Monindra Lal Tripura said they will extend their all-out help to make the afforestation programme a success.

While addressing, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shahdat Hossain called upon all to come forward following footsteps of Nobel Prize winner Wangare Mathai who contributed much in saving the nature through tree plantation.

Deputy Director (DD) of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) here said that more than 2,500 gardens, small and large were developed in Khagrachhari in last five years with the help of different government and NGOs. The government organisations distributed nine lakh saplings while other NGOs distributed 11 lakh saplings for free among people.

Mohammad Nasim Ahmad, Depot Manager of Khagrachhari leaf Area of BATB told this correspondent that his organisation’s afforestation programme was designed to conserve environment. His organisation is ready to provide technical support to make the afforestation programme a success, he said.

Sau-Prue Marma, chairman of Kamalchhari Union Parishad, Chaila Prue Marma, chairman of Golabari Union Parishad and Aprushi Marma, chairman of Baibon Chhara Union Parishad also addressed. They said they got necessary support from government and NGOs to make the afforrestation programme a success.

They said farmers, UP chairmen, members and people from all walks of life have been involved in the afforestation programme to make it successful.

They said they are getting necessary support from government and NGOs to make the programme successful.

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