The Social Forestry Department will plant more than 4.5 lakh saplings in the district in connection with observance of World Environmental Day on June 5.
Minister for Co-operation C.N. Balakrishnan will officially inaugurate the afforestation drive at a function to be held at Model Government Girls High School, Thrissur. Mayor Rajan Pallan will preside over the function.
C.N. Jayadevan, MP, and Therambil Ramakrishanan, MLA, will participate.
According to special instructions from the government, about 75,000 saplings will be planted between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. on June 5, said Social Forestry Wing Assistant Forest Conservator P.N. Premchand. A meeting convened by Additional District Magistrate K. Selvaraj discussed the mode of action of the afforestation drive at the collectorate conference hall on Wednesday.
In all, two lakh saplings will be distributed through various schools in the district. In addition to it, saplings will be distributed to local body institutions, various government departments, institutions and voluntary organisations.
The service of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme workers will also be utilised for planting the saplings. The ADM directed the officials to keep a record of the details of the saplings distributed to various organisations.
The maintenance of saplings planted in areas under the local bodies will be the responsibility of the respective institution, said Mr. Premchand. District-level officers of the various departments participated in the meeting.
Institutions and voluntary organisations that want saplings should contact the social forestry wing under the forest department on phone 0487-2320609.
A seminar on “Poly house and precision farming: challenges and possibilities” will be held at Tagore Centenary Hall, Aranattukara, on Friday. Farm experts Ranjan S. Karippayi and Mary Rajeena will lead the classes. Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, will inaugurate the seminar.