The Sindh Agriculture University on Thursday launched a tree plantation drive to mark Independence Day of Pakistan.

SAU VC Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Marri along with United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization Country Head Rebeka, Secretary Agriculture Department Abdul Raheem Soomro inaugurated the mega tree plantation drive.

During the event, Prof Marri said that to combat drought challenges, degraded lands have to be covered with indigenous tree plantations to protect the environment and climate change issues of the country and this mobilization for tree plantation would be helpful for the community to adopt and plant trees at their household level.

He added the SAU will plant 30000 trees suitable in the Sindh climate. Trees are producing energy and providing a better environment at the earth and he added that trees are becoming increasingly available around the world as people discover its numerous health benefits. He urged agriculturists, scientists, and experts to explore various benefits of these trees and which will be helpful for sustainable livelihood for small-scale producers and to promote a better environment through tree plantation.

Ms. Rebeka highlighted the role of tree plantation and added that to cope with the challenges of climate change and food security there is a need to plant trees and the community and students may be engaged in the mega tree plantation drive. She appreciated the efforts of the SAU Vice Chancellor for initiating the tree plantation drive and providing opportunities to all the stakeholders for the plantation of trees.

Abdul Raheem Soomro said that trees are the vital organs of the earth and trees restore and protect the environment, he highlighted and said that forests are precious natural resources and are destroyed due to weak planning he further added that water scarcity, land degradation, climate change, and drought are main issues and they may be restored and recover through tree plantation he further added that only the trees can boost the better environment for better livelihood.

He added that the students of the SAU campus may be given the task to plant trees at the campus and he hoped that the students and faculty members would be given the opportunity to initiate this drive at the national level.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director UA & FA, SAU Tandojam said on the occasion that forest are the precious natural resources and integral part for livelihoods as 1.6 billion people of world depend on forests as it also contributes a pivotal role in regulating the climate and sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity globally as well as locally. He further added that the trees can protect the environment and appreciate the efforts of the Vice Chancellor for organizing this mega campaign at Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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