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Spring trees plantation campaign kicks off in Baghlan

Spring trees plantation campaign kicks off in Baghlan

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Mar 05, 2018 - 15:32

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): A spring tree plantation campaign has got underway in northern Baghlan province, an official said on Monday.

Ghulam Mohammad Mullahkhel, in charge of the horticulture process in the northern zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 120,000 saplings would be planted in Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital.

“This year we plan a two-phase plantation drive in Baghlan. In the first phase, 60,000 fruit-bearing saplings will be planted over 400 acres of land and in the second phase 60,000 pistachio plants on 150 acres.”

Mullahkhel said the pistachio plants would be distributed free of charge to growers, who would also be trained on the plantation method at 150 centres. But for fruit-bearing trees, gardeners will have to pay 3,000 afghanis for plantation on half an acre.

Sardar, a resident of Doshi district, said:  “I have a small fruit garden inside my home. I have been told keep the environment clean. I, therefore, plan to buy more plants...”

He added his village residents had a lot of interest in planting pistachio trees and all of them want to so this spring.

Abdul Momin, another gardener from Ghori district, said: “All trees in my garden are original, provided by the national horticulture process. Each tree produces three times more fruits.”

Governor Abdul Hahi Niamati, attending the plantation campaign, said: Baghlan’s soil is suitable for all kinds of trees. We want farmers to grow and protect trees.”

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