FREDA to plant 50,000 trees in Yan­gon Re­gion

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SU­PER­MAR­KET shop­pers may get to play a part in the greening of Yan­gon. City Mart has en­tered an agree­ment with the For­est Re­source En­vi­ron­ment De­vel­op­ment and Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (FREDA) to plant 50,000 trees in Yan­gon over the next year.

Though City Mart’s main con­tri­bu­tion will be the fund­ing, its cus­tomers will also be asked to make sug­ges­tions via the in­ter­net about where many of the trees could be planted.

The first 12,000 trees will be planted on Septem­ber 3 in Hlawga Wildlife Park north of Yan­gon and in Tha Du Kan Pagoda com­pound, said U Kyaw Nyein, an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber of FREDA.

He said they planned to plant more than 10,000 trees each in Hlegu and Dat Chaung vil­lages in Taikkyi town­ship. Oth­ers will be planted ac­cord­ing to the sug­ges­tion of City Mart cus­tomers, he added.

At least 12 kinds of trees will be in­cluded in the ini­tial 12,000, U Kyaw Nyein said, adding that the seedlings were se­lected bear­ing in mind the na­ture of the re­gion.

“Some plants like star flow­ers are suit­able for monas­ter­ies, some grow fast for shade, and woods like teak, padauk, pinkadoo and mazel suit dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments.”

“Hu­man be­ings are dam­ag­ing the earth we live in. The trees that can pro­tect us from floods are grow­ing fewer, and both the earth and we hu­mans are suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences. We should re­build a fair en­vi­ron­ment for our­selves by work­ing to­gether. I be­lieve we can do it,” said Daw Win Win Tint, CEO of City Mart.

City Love & Hope Foun­da­tion, which is or­gan­ised by City Mart, has pro­vided K20 mil­lion to plant the 50,000 trees in the com­ing weeks.

U Kyaw Nyein said FREDA was also car­ry­ing out a sub­sti­tute plant­ing pro­gram for dead trees, re­plac­ing some 188 of the 53,188 trees planted by City Love & Hope Foun­da­tion be­tween 2011 and 2015.

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