Kathmandu, June 29: National Afforestation Day has been market today planting saplings of various trees across the country. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli initiated a plantation programme at the Koteswar-Kalanki road section in the capital this morning by planting a sapling of pear.
Initiating the sapling planting on the Koteshwar-Kalanki section on the occasion of the National Afforestation Day in the capital today, PM Oli said we should take care of the plants like our own offspring. PM Oli said in the programme that the Afforestation Day programme was not only of the government but of the non-governmental organisations and individuals as well.
PM Oli further said our ancestors used to take care of plants learning from the religious, environmental and biological usefulness of plants, saying we should also emulate this in the present.
He said that the government has the goal of planting maximum 50 million plants in the coming fiscal year. Minister for Forests and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet said saplings have been planted for protecting and conserving the environment for the sake of economic and social development.