PM asks youth to gear up for ‘biggest tree plantation drive ahead of monsoon rains

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ZUBAIR QURESHI

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday asked the people, especially the youth to be prepared for the ‘biggest tree plantation campaign’ in the country ahead of the monsoon season.

The prime minister in a tweet shared an infographic that showed in Pakistan there were only five trees per person in Pakistan.

According to the image shared by the PM , the world offers 422 trees for one person but in Pakistan the ratio drops and there are only five trees for one person.

In contrast, the chart showed there were 10,163 trees for one person in Canada, 699 trees for one person in the US, 130 in China and 28 in India.

Imran Khan in his message on social media noted “We have a lot of catching up to do.”
Before coming to power at Centre in 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government (2008-2013) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) initiated the Billion Tree Tsunami Project (BTTP).

Based on the project’s success in KP, the PTI government launched in 2019 the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Project (TBTTP) across the country which is perhaps the most publicized, rather “a flagship project” of Imran Khan’s government. Under this project, ten billion trees will be planted in the country by the end of 2023.

The programme has been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) at a cost of Rs125.1 billion (Dh 2.909 billion).

On a number of occasions, the prime minister has highlighted the revival of forest and wildlife resources in Pakistan for promotion of eco-tourism in the country and to meet the challenges of global warming and climate change.

Earlier in February this year, the Prime Minister had launched the Spring Plantation Drive.

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