Govt takes steps to increase forest cover in country


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Forests, Environment and Wildlife Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq Armor Sunday said that forests are an important part of the beauty of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Forests are a national asset and all possible steps will be taken to stop their illegal logging and cut-ting. The provincial minister said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government believes in practical steps, add-ing that the increase in forest cover due to PTI’s efforts is not a secret to anyone. Pakhtunkhwa’s tree planting campaign has been appreciated all across the world. Increasing forest cover in the province will not only reduce environ-mental pollution but also boost tourism, he added.

The forest department is providing relief and techni-cal assistance to farmers and landowners, he said. The provincial minister said that due to prolonged drought and cold weather, the pressure on forests is increasing. Forests can only be remedied by exten-sive afforestation, which is economical for the hu-man race, he said.

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