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Forest dept to grow mangrove forests in Mon State

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File photo shows workers tend to a community mangrove forest in Ye, Mon State. Photo: MNA

The Mon State Forest Department will develop a mangrove forest in the Pharlain region in Ye township in the next rainy season, under the reforestation project, according to a report in Myawady Daily yesterday.
“We are planning to grow some 20 acres of mangroves, in cooperation with the local people of the Pharlain region. The union government will provide the necessary funds to grow the mangrove forests,” said a department official.
The government is working on conserving and growing mangrove forests to prevent erosions triggered by floods and to produce forest products.
Mangrove forests are mainly found in Ayeyawady, Taninthayi and Rakhine.
Mangrove forests can prevent erosions and produce firewood, charcoal, medicinal plants and other forest products.
Moreover, mangrove forests near the sea can prevent damage to agriculture lands by obstructing the inflow of salt water near beaches.
According to the survey conducted by the Mon State Forest Department, more than 1,500 acres of mangrove forest exist in Mawlamyine District. The department will continue to conduct a survey of mangrove forests in Thaton District.

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