Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri, UNFAO Country Head Ms. Rebekah Bell and others planted saplings
Tando Jam: Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam (SAU) launched Mega Tree Plantation drive at its main campus here on Thursday August 12, 2021.
Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Marri, Vice Chancellor, SAU, along with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) Country Head Ms. Rebekah Bell and Abdul Raheem Soomro, Secretary Agriculture, Government of Sindh planted the saplings at a ceremony to kick off 10-day drive that will continue till August 21.
The mega tree plantation drive launched in connection with Independence Day of Pakistan, will also take place at SAU’s other constitute colleges and campuses at Umerkot, Dokri and Khairpur Mirs.
Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Marri, speaking on the occasion told that the SAU will plant 30,000 saplings of various types which are suitable in Sindh climate at main campus as well as SAU constitute-colleges and campus.
Dr. Marri added that SAU students would plant trees and will take care of trees at the campus.
Ms. Rebekah Bell highlighted the role of tree plantation and added that to cope the challenges of climate change and food security there is need to plant trees and community and students may be engaged in the mega tree plantation drive.
Abdul Raheem Soomro, Secretary Agriculture, Government of Sindh, said that trees are the vital organs of the earth and they restore and protect the environment. He said that forests are precious natural resources but are destroyed due to weak planning.
Soomro added that water scarcity, land degradation, climate change and drought are main issues and they may be addressed through tree plantation. “Only the trees can boost the better environment for better livelihood”.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director UA & FA, SAU Tandojam said on the occasion that forest are the precious natural resources and integral part for livelihoods as 1.6 billion people of world depend on forests as it also plays a pivotal role in regulating the climate and sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity globally as well as locally.
Dr. Aamer Irshad, Head of Program (UNFAO), Ms. Maria, Head of Administration (UNFAO), Dr. Bari, Advisor NRM (UNFAO), Aamer Sultan, Security Head (UNFAO), Noor Muhammad Baloch, Director General, Agriculture Research Sindh, Prof. Dr. Qamaruddin Chachar, Dean CPD, Prof. Dr. Aijaz A. Khooharo, Dean FASS, Prof. Jan Muhammad Marri, Dean, CPT and Prof. Dr. Ghiasuddin Shah Rashidi, Dean, FAV, Prof. Dr. Aijaz Hussain Soomro, Director IFST, Prof. Dr. Abdullah G. Arijo, Academic Advisor SAU and other faculty members, administrators, employees and officers also planted the tree samplings during the campaign initially 500 saplings were planted on first day of the campaign. (PR)