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Lower Chitral Launches Major Plantation Initiative: 200,000 Saplings to Be Distributed Free

CHITRAL: A significant plantation drive for 2024 commenced in Chitral at the police line, marked by a modest ceremony. The initiative saw the participation of key figures including Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Abdul Majid, Sub Divisional Forest Officer (SDFO) Yusuf Farhad, Assistant Commissioner Chitral Dr. Atif Jalib, and other notable department heads and officers.

DFO Abdul Majeed stressed the vital role of trees in enhancing Chitral’s beauty and providing essential oxygen. He noted the distribution of free saplings to local police stations for planting across different locations. Majid emphasized the multifaceted benefits of trees, from their aesthetic appeal to their provision of fruits and wood for fuel.

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Addressing concerns about deforestation, Majid advocated for alternative heating solutions like cheap electricity or subsidized LPG to lessen the reliance on wood burning in Chitral’s harsh climate.

SDFO Yusuf Farhad highlighted trees’ role in mitigating flood impacts, particularly in Chitral’s dry zones. He explained how vegetation slows floodwaters, reducing potential damage and loss.

The ceremony concluded with a communal planting session and the distribution of free saplings to attendees, reinforcing the community’s commitment to combat climate change through increased tree plantation.

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