Army plants 100,000 saplings in East | Daily News

Army plants 100,000 saplings in East

The Army’s Security Force Headquarters – East (SFHQ – East) planted 100,000 saplings of rare plant species in the Eastern Province within a single day as the prevailing rainy season offers a healthy environment to succeed the campaign.

The Army stated that the Forest Department allocated state-owned forest areas for the campaign and further provided 100,000 indigenous saplings including ‘Mee’, ‘Kumbuk’, Tamarind, Margosa, Teak, and Mahogany. Under the direction of SFHQ – East Commander Maj. Gen. Chinthaka Gamage, Army troops under 22 Div., 23 Div., 24 Div., and the Forward Maintenance Area – East deployed in Trincomalee, Punani, and Ampara, joined the project last week. The troops in the respective areas would continue the post-care project to protect these plants.

All General Officers Commanding in Divisions (Div), Brigade Commanders, Commanding Officers, Officers, Civil authorities, and a representative gathering of All Ranks joined the task while adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines. SFHQ – East plans to launch the second reforestation drive shortly.

The mega tree planting drive, initiated by the Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army under the theme ‘Thuru Mithuru Nawa Ratak’, is being implemented across the country and will contribute to increase the national forest cover.