Call for planting of saplings to maintain ecological balance

11 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Speakers at a function on Wednesday stressed the need for planting of saplings of fruit bearing trees to increase food production alongside maintaining ecological balance, reports BSS.

Tree plantation would play a significant role in reducing poverty, they told at the inaugural session of a 20-day long Divisional Tree Fair and Fruit Tree Fair-2019 at Green Plaza of Rajshahi City Corporation on Wednesday.

Social Forestry Division (SSD) under the Ministry of Forest and Environment and Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are jointly organizing the fair.

Commissioner of Rajshahi division Nur-Ur-Rahman addressed the opening session as chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque in the chair.

Deputy Inspector General of Police AKM Hafiz Akhter, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Amir Jafar, Additional Director of DAE Deb Dulal Dhali and its Deputy Director Shamsul Haque and Divisional Forest Officer Ahmmad Niamur Rahman spoke as special guests.

The speakers stressed the need on extensive tree plantation to improve environment and biodiversity to make the region habitable for all.

“Expansion of the country’s forest area up to 25 percent of the total landscape through extensive tree plantations will protect the country from adverse impact of climate change,” said ur-Ur-Rahman.

Explaining various beneficial aspects of trees and homestead gardening in human life, he urged all to plant at least three tree saplings on their homesteads to help maintain environmental and ecological balance.

Rahman urged all to plant fruit saplings around their respective homesteads or on any open space to help maintain environmental and ecological balance and save the region from the wrath of any future natural catastrophe.

Various government and non-government organizations and individuals including nursery owners and local entrepreneurs have set up 47 stalls in the fair.