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Tree fair fetches Tk 11 cr selling 16 lakh saplings

Tree fair fetches Tk 11 cr selling 16 lakh saplings

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates the fair on June 20, 2019. Photo: PID

The fair, inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 20 last, concluded on Sunday.

A total of 105 nurseries, including 13 public ones, showcased thousands of fruit-producing, timber-producing, ornamental and medicinal and herbal-contributing plants at the fair arranged aiming to motivate people to plant more and more trees.

Talking to UNB, Dr Zahidur Rahman, divisional forest officer (social afforestation, Dhaka), said they got an outstanding response from the nature lovers to the month-long fair.

He said the show also witnessed a significant rise in sale and demand of saplings this year.

“A total of 16 lakh saplings of different varieties worth over Tk 11 crore were sold at the fair, up Tk 4 crore than last year’s,” he said.

Dr Zahid said the fair helped create awareness among people about the environment and encourage them about gardening, especially the rooftop one.

The fair began at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital’s Agargaon area on June 20. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened it by planting a tamarind sapling on the premise of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

She urged all to plant and nurture saplings in their respective workplaces and houses with a view to protecting the environment.

The Department of Forest arranged the fair with the theme ‘Forest and Ecology in Education, Building modern Bangladesh’ Green.’

On the concluding day, different nurseries were given awards under four categories–single, double, government and NGO.