Afghanistan on Saturday launched a campaign to plant more than two millions of trees across the country in one week.
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.
Aman Amanyar, the director of forestry at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, said that the ministry has readied 2.1 million trees for planting in different provinces of the country.
In Kabul in particular, the program aims to create a greenbelt with 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,” Shams, an old woman with shovel in her hand, told 1TV.
The campaign also aims to honour and support the country’s defense and security forces.
“We work for our country to become beautiful, develop,” said army soldier Bilal. “I urge all youths to serve their country.”