The campaign was started in a ceremony in Qargha, a recreational area, west Kabul, with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah calling on citizens to plant more trees to make the environment greener. Considering growing population and air pollution, planting trees is of vital importance, he said. He noted that planting trees and preventing air pollution is not only the duty of government authorities, but of all Afghans. The director of forestry at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, said that the ministry has readied over 2 million trees for planting in different provinces of the country. In Kabul in particular, the program aims to create a greenbelt with over 20,000 trees. The tree planting near Qargha Lake saw not only government workers but also ordinary men, women and children. “My message to all the people of Afghanistan is that wherever they are, if they could plant a single tree [in first month of spring], they would do a very good job,” said an old woman with shovel in her hand.
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