Punjab forest dept to cultivate 3,000 kanals of land

Official says dept bearing expenses for resettlement of barren lands owned by farmers


Our Correspondent August 16, 2021

RAWALPINDI:

Nearly 3,000 kanals of barren land would be cultivated for forests under the 'Green Pakistan Programme' launched by the Punjab Forest Department, said Rawalpindi District Range Forest Officer (Extension) Sher Afzal Raja on Sunday.

He disclosed that the Punjab Forest Department was bearing all the expenses for the resettlement of all barren lands owned by farmers, adding that 3,000 kanals of more neglected barren land had been identified by the District Range Forest Office which would be made fertile and the expenses of which will be borne by the Punjab government.

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"5,000 kanals of such land have already been made productive where saplings were planted by the local office of forest department", he maintained.

Raja also applauded the efforts of DC Chakwal and other officers of the district administration that helped the forest department to achieve success in the tree plantation campaign.

He said that this scheme was launched under Prime Minister Imran Khan's Ten Billion Tree Tsunami movement and the Forest Department employees had been working on it day and night.

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