Spring plantation drive starts in KP

PESHAWAR:February 20: The Spring Tree Plantation Campaign 2012 will kick off in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday in which 9.820 million saplings of different species would be planted with assistance of education institutions, armed forces, NGOs and civil society in a bid to make the province lush green. Provincial Environment Minister Wajid Ali Khan told APP on Sunday that Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been requested to inaugurate the campaign. He said planting stocks were being sent to all stakeholders including government departments, farmers, NGOs and watershed project to achieve the said target. As many as 9.820 million saplings of different species would be sown during the campaign in the province to offset the dangerous effects of challenges of climatic change, global warming and desertification. The province has been divided into six circles namely Southern, Lower Hazara, Upper Hazara, Watershed Project, Malakand East and Malakand West wherein 2.074 million, 2.169million, 1.105million, 0.771million, 2.124million and 1.577million saplings would be planted with the help of different institutions and stakeholders, respectively.The news.