Minister of State for Forest, Environment, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Cooperative, Mir Zahoor Ahmad today took stock of the roadside plantation drives carried out by the Social Forestry Department along Nowgam Railway Station and Ompora Budgam areas.
He also inspected Waheedpora Social Forestry Nursery in Ganderbal district.
The Minister was accompanied by the Senior Officers of Social Forestry Department including Regional Director Social Forestry Kashmir Tahweed Ahmad Deva.
He was informed that about 225 conifer and ornamental plants have been planted on roadsides at Nowgam Railway Station, while as 340 plants were planted in Ompora Budgam.
Later, the Minister visited Waheedpora Nursery in district Ganderbal and inspected nursery stocks there.
On the occasion, the authorities of Social Forestry informed the Minister that presently 1.96 lakh conifer plants, 14500 broadleaf, 25000 fruit trees and 3400 ornamental plants were available in the Waheedpora Nursery.
It was said that 60000 poplar plants have been distributed to public by the department.
Interacting with the Management of the Social Forestry Department, the Minister appreciated the work done by the Department, however he asked them to work with utmost dedication and ensure vigorous growth of Nursery stocks. He asked them to aware general masses about the importance of tress and its benefits.