So­cial Forestry day cel­e­bra­tion

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Chimmi Rinzin

More than 350 vol­un­teers in­clud­ing De­sups, of­fi­cials of Min­istry Agri­cul­ture and Forests, Min­istry of Fi­nance, tourists and oth­ers planted more than 4500 saplings above the Sa­marz­ingkha ridge fac­ing the his­tor­i­cal Ge­nius World Records plan­ta­tion at Kuensel Pho­drang on oc­ca­sion of So­cial Forestry day Cel­e­bra­tions com­mem­o­rat­ing the of­fi­cial crown­ing of the Fourth King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1974, last Tues­day.

The Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Forests, Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji, in­au­gu­rated the plan­ta­tion. The plan­ta­tion of 4500 saplings cov­ered an area of 10 acres out of the 85 acres planned for re­for- es­ta­tion this sea­son. The species of trees planted con­sisted of cu­pres­sus, chirpine, dog­wood, melia, oak and oth­ers. In or­der to max­i­mize and en­sure the sur­vival rates of the planted trees, the plan­ta­tion ar­eas above Sa­marz­ingkha is con­nected with wa­ter sup­ply and in­stalled drip ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem. The plan­ta­tion on re­main­ing 70 acres will be con­tin­ued from to­mor­row.

Sim­i­larly, the So­cial Forestry Day was cel­e­brated all over the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to the re­ports re­ceived from Dzongkahgs, it states more than 35,000 saplings were planted by vol­un­teers and more than 25,000 saplings were also dis­trib­uted to the Royal Bhutan Army, Schools and other in­sti­tutes. The re­ports said the species of trees planted were mostly blue pine, spruce, cu­pres­sus, acer and dog­wood in west­ern and North­ern Bhutan while the south­ern and cen­tral Bhutan planted mostly teak, champ, wal­nut, bamboo, bot­tle brush and oth­ers. The plan­ta­tions were re­ported to have ini­ti­ated mostly in bar­ren lands, land slide prone ar­eas, parks, com­mu­nity forests, school cam­puses, etc.

The plan­ta­tions across 20 dzongkhags were car­ried out in line with the ex­ec­u­tive or­der of Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji wherein all 20 dzongkhags have to main­tain a min­i­mum of 20 acres plan­ta­tion plot each with tim­ber species to meet the ris­ing tim­ber de­mand for ren­o­va­tion and con­struc­tion of Dzongs and other re­li­gious mon­u­ments.

One of the high­lights of the day is about 100 vol­un­teers planted mixed species of trees at one of the most dreaded land­slide prone area at Dorji Lum (pop­u­larly known as Rot­pashong) in Mon­gar cov­er­ing about 1.6 hectares. The other in­ter­est­ing event that took place in Chukha Dzongkhag in line with the ge­nius world record plan­ta­tion fever was 53 vol­un­teers planted 500 saplings in one hour. Though it is much be­low the stan­dards of world records plan­ta­tion, it is an en­cour­ag­ing ini­tia­tive to be tried by ev­ery­one to boost our for­est cov­er­age to for a healthy life.

At the end of the plan­ta­tion, the min­is­ter thanked all the vol­un­teers for their time and en­ergy for tak­ing part in the plan­ta­tions which will con­trib­ute to build­ing a bet­ter place for living.

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