Staff Correspondent: The government has taken up the task of planting saplings of one crore trees across the country. As part of this, 10 lakh saplings will be planted in dams and other open spaces on the banks of rivers and canals in an area of about 2,500-thousand kilometers, under the Water Development Board, said State Minister for Water Resources Zahid Faruk, at a press briefing at the Ministry of Water Resources yesterday.
The State Minister said the Prime Minister inaugurated the ‘National Tree Plantation Campaign 2020’ on July 16 as part of the Mujib Borsho celebrations and directed to increase the total forest cover in the country to 25 percent. “One crore saplings have been planted in Bangladesh with the aim of creating afforestation and green belt,” he said. As part of the celebration of Mujib Borsho, the Ministry of Water Resources has taken to plant forest, fruit and herbaceous trees in dams and other open spaces beside the office premises of its offices and agencies, the land under its purview, especially the ongoing development projects of Bangladesh Water Development Board, he also said. He added that under this program, a total of 10 lakh trees will be planted in about 2,500-thousand kilometers under 59 departments of Bangladesh Water Development Board alone. “I am urging all the MPs, Zila Parishad chairmen, municipal mayors, Upazila Parishad chairmen and other representatives to implement the program as a social movement,” said State Minister for Water Resources Zahid Faruk.
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