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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 roadside.

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 weekend (Sunday).

The programme is expected to expand and include neighboring villages in the region with the availability of required plant saplings.

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.

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