Youth ini­tia­tive to pro­tect Kuwait’s old­est Sidr tree

Kuwait Times - - Local -

KUWAIT: An ini­tia­tive launched by a Kuwaiti youth suc­ceeded in pro­tect­ing ‘Sidrat Hawally,’ the old­est Sidr tree (Zizi­phus spina-christi) in the coun­try, es­ti­mated at 200 years old, against dam­age. The ini­tia­tive by cit­i­zen Mubarak Al-Uwaini led au­thor­i­ties to sur­round the tree with a chain-linked fence to pro­tect it from waste and dis­eases. The tree was orig­i­nally called ‘Sidrat Dahi’, re­fer­ring to farmer Dahi Al Sabri, who had planted it in his own farm back then. It then be­came a part of Kuwait’s her­itage and a place to rest away from the sun, es­pe­cially by trav­el­ling cat­tle own­ers.

Speak­ing on the ini­tia­tive, farmer Uwaini said that it started by a video he posted on so­cial me­dia, call­ing on of­fi­cials to pro­tect the tree as it was in a very bad shape. He added that the au­thor­i­ties re­sponded after an hour and a half of post­ing the video and started set­ting the fence around the tree. They also treated the tree from dif­fer­ent dis­eases caused by old age and waste thrown by peo­ple.

Mean­while, the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity of Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources’ (PAAAFR) Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Or­na­men­tal Hor­ti­cul­ture Af­fairs Ghanem Al-Sanad noted that PAAAFR is work­ing on plant­ing Sidr trees all over the coun­try. These trees adapt well with Kuwait’s cli­mate and have many ben­e­fits in­clud­ing the honey pro­duc­tion, while their leaves are used in treat­ing dif­fer­ent dis­eases, he added. — KUNA

KUWAIT: ‘Sidrat Hawally,’ the old­est Sidr tree in the coun­try, es­ti­mated at 200 years old. — KUNA

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