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20mln saplings to be planted in Afghanistan

The ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock plans to plant 20 million saplings throughout the country.
The ministry’s spokesperson Akbar Rustami said a few day remained for spring season, adding the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, national environment protection agency, Kabul municipality and private sector ha, he added. ve prepared twenty million saplings and their plantation process to start in many provinces.
The sapling plantation process has already started in tropical provinces and would finish by the end of Hoot, he added.
The process started on Hoot 15 in cold provinces and will continue until Hamal 15, he went to say.
This is while the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock provided 1.6 mln saplings this year.
He added journalists, local people and civil society activists have already started sapling plantation in Nangarhar, Khost and a number of other provinces and the process is still continuing.
National environment protection agency will soon lunch awareness campaigns in the center and other provinces on sapling plantation benefits, the agency’s public relations section head Laila Samani said.
She added we are making effort to train the women councils and districts’ in-charges on saplings’ plantation and protection, as well as we will form an environment protection committee to institutionalize this culture in schools.
An expert on agricultural affairs Mirwais Khogyani stresses that besides saplings plantation,attention should also be paid to their protection.
This comes as the ministry of public health says that air pollution is the main factor behind outbreak of various diseases in the country.
The ministry’s in-charges say that green areas can help beautify the environment on one hand and prevent outbreak of diseases on the other.
Welcoming preparations taken by the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock on saplings’ plantation, Kabul residents say the ministry has always made effort in greenery of the country, but the people particularly the Kabul residents should also take part in this regard.
“This is the responsibility of everyone to plant a sapling to fight air pollution in the country,” a Kabul resident Nabila said.
Shukria Kohistani

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