SRINAGAR: A valley-wide campaign to save Chinar trees was launched today with wide-scale plantation of Chinar saplings, a symbol of the famed heritage of Kashmir. At Srinagar, Minister for Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir kick-started the plantation drive by planting a Chinar sapling at Emporium Garden.
The Minister was the chief guest at a function organized by Department of Floriculture themed “Plant a Chinar, Plant a hope” which was attended by Director Floriculture, Kashmir, Mathura Masoom, Noted poet Zareef Ahmad Zareef and other concerned officials, besides farmers from various areas.
On the occasion, Mir was informed that the Department starts Chinar plantation drive every year on March 15 and distributes 10,000 free Chinar saplings among the people and various government departments. Masoom said that this year Floriculture Department has set a higher target than of previous years.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that there is a need to plant more trees in order to create the eco-friendly environment. He said that preservation of Chinar tree must be a duty of every conscientious Kashmiri and by planting more Chinar trees, “we are doing some good for the future generations.”
Later, the Minister also released the booklet on Chinar trees “The Majestic Chinar of Kashmir” which was published by Department of Floriculture, Kashmir.
In Bandipora, District Development Commissioner Sajad Hussain kick-started the drive by planting a Chinar sapling at the Mini Secretariat premises Bandipora.
The DDC was informed that Floriculture Department is providing 250 Chinar saplings to schools and other Government institutions free of cost in the district. It was disclosed that the district has 1491 Chinars as per the census conducted by Floriculture Department during 2017-18.
In Baramulla, the drive was initiated by Deputy Commissioner Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash at Government Degree College for Boys. The drive is being organized by Floriculture department under which chinars will be planted at several places across the district.
The plantation drives were also held in Shopian and Kupwara district.