Go green: 130m trees will be planted in South Punjab: SPFC CEO

Commercial forestry could help control environment pollution, reorganise wood industry, save precious foreign exchange


February 14, 2018
130m trees will be planted PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: South Punjab Forest Company (SPFC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tahir Rasheed has said that the company, with the help of the private sector, will plant 130 million trees, over an area of 99,077 acre of forest land in five districts of South Punjab.

Rasheed said that the commercial forestry, through a proper management system, could play a key role in controlling environment pollution in addition to reorganising wood industry and saving precious foreign exchange.

He added that with the completion of 130 million tree plantation project, around Rs240 billion will be added to the economy and government will earn approximately Rs20 billion. “Most importantly, the project will help reduce logging pressure on natural forests of the country,” he pointed out.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2018.

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