Army joins in with the "National Environment Week"
[June 05 2018]
Joining hands with the National Environment Week, Sri
Lanka Army also launched a tree planting campaign in Kilinochchi on
Sunday (03). The programme was initiated by the Security Force
Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN).
During the programme, troops planted trees of economic
value such as Jak, Palu (Manilkara hexandra), Weera (Drypetes sepiaria),
Orange, Arecanut, Breadfruit etc. in the compounds and along the
Troops also distributed saplings to the local masses
to encourage them to plant more trees and join in the green drive. The
inaugural event was held in Paraipanchchan in Kilinochchi during the
The programme is expected to expand and include
neighboring villages in the region with the availability of required
The tree planting programme was preceded by a 'Shramadana'
(self-help) campaign to clean the Kilinochchi township on the previous
day (Saturday). More than 350 Army personnel together with members of
the local community undertook this community welfare initiative to clean
up the urban area between the 238th and 254th mile posts along the main
A-9 road as their contribution towards the National Environment Week.
This is one such programme which has been mooted by
the Sri Lanka Army under its green project to plant trees encompassing
all regions of the country. One such programme was launched in November,
last year (2017) with the intention to plant 135,000 trees in the
Kilinochchi region. In order to encourage coconut cultivation, troops
also embarked on a drive to plant 2500 coconut saplings in the region.
In March (2018) Army troops in Trincomalee planted 1000 trees in parallel with the 'Api Wawamu - Rata
Nagamu' national programme.