Thursday, 9 December, 2021

BMDA planted 6.75 lakh palm trees in Rajshahi

BMDA planted 6.75 lakh palm trees in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI: The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has developed more than 6.75 lakh palm-trees creating an eye-catching atmosphere on both sides of the rural roads in the region including its vast Barind tract.

The government will plant 1 million palm-trees across Bangladesh to avert deaths occurring from lightning strikes. The move came after several lightning strikes had claimed lives of as many as 455 people last year.

Besides, 27 lakh more saplings were grown under the five-year “Barind Environmental Restoration through Afforestation Project” implemented in different northern districts including Rajshahi, C’nawabgonj and Naogaon districts. ED of BMDA, told this correspondent that the trees were developed on the roadsides and surroundings of ponds and canals for enhancing production of molasses (gur) with an ultimate goal of reducing the import pressure on sugar, reports BSS.

Main thrusts of the program were to increase forest resources, enhance awareness of farmers about plantation, improve organic matters status of soil and create employment opportunity.  “We have enormous prospect of growing palm, date, palm-oil trees in the region as there are huge fellow land besides the roads and highways and demand of the processed items,” he said adding that no need for additional care, nursing and cultivable.

Role of Palm tree is very important to reduce the rate of casualty caused by thunderbolt that claims lives of both people and domestic animals every year. Roadside palm-tree plantation activities on the improved roads are progressing successfully that will ultimately help reduce carbon emission at a substantial level and that is very important to face the adverse impact of climate change in the region.

In this regard, he also said the role of tree is indispensable in protecting ecological balance side by side with benefiting the farmers.  He said the Tk 25.55-crore project was implemented in the northwestern Bangladesh aimed at its socio-economic and ecological development through creating additional forest resources. Out of the total target of planting 34 lakh tree-saplings of fruit, forest and medicinal trees, around 35.55 lakh have been planted throughout the division and 85 to 92 percent of those were recorded as survival condition.