Nationwide cultivation of 24 mln saplings exceeds 90% completion in 2023

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Local people from Myeik Township grow mangrove seedlings on 21 July 2023 to mark International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem which falls on 26 July. Photo: Khine Htoo (Myeik)

The Department of Forest recently issued a press release that more than 24 million saplings have so far been grown in mangrove forests and protected public forests across the nation, accounting for more than 90 per cent to prevent deforestation.
Primarily, these saplings have been placed in the lower part of Myanmar and coastal areas such as Ayeyawady and Taninthayi regions and Rakhine State.
“A plan was adopted to grow more than 24 million saplings in commercial plantations and protected public forests including mangrove forests in the entire nation for prevention of deforestation. Up to now, more than 20 million saplings have been planted in the entire nation, accounting for 90 per cent against the target of 24.619 million saplings,” said Director U Myint Sein of the Ayeyawady Region Forest Department.
Preparations are being made to cultivate 24.619 million saplings across the nation in 2023, compared to 23.57 million in 2022, according to the statistics of the Department of Forest. — ASH/TTA

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