AJK Chief Secretary plants a sapling at Jallabad Garden

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Says 10 million fruit bearing tree-saplings to be provided to State under GP project,

MUZAFFARABAD:     (Parliament Times)    The Chief Secretary Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muthar Niaz Rana planted a sapling at Jalalabad Garden on Friday as part of the tree plantation drive currently underway in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary told that ten millions saplings of the fruit bearing trees will be provided to the state under federal government’s Green Pakistan project.

He told that federal government has approved Green Pakistan development project under which ten million saplings of the fruit trees costing over 1.5 billion rupees would be provided to the AJK farmers in next three years.

He said variety of fruit bearing tree like apple, pomegranate, cherry, walnut, pear, apricot, plum, mango, guava and others costing over 3.5 million rupees would be provided free of cost annually to the AJK farmers to build their economic condition.

Muthar Niaz Rana further told that 50,000 saplings would also be planted at 46 kilometer land around Kharri and Upper Jehlum Canals to reduce environmental pollution beside producing local fruits and strengthening economy.

The Chief Secretary expressed hope that successful completion of “Green Pakistan Program” would also promote agri-tourism in the state.