Plantation drive organised

RUKSIN, 23 Jun: More than 5,000 ornamental, shady and fruit-bearing trees were planted during a plantation drive organised here in East Siang district by the Siang brigade of the Indian Army under its ‘Green Envelope’ initiative.

Deputy Commissioner Tayi Taggu also planted a sapling of Pongamia pinnata in the premises of the Rayang military station here as part of the programme.

The brigade’s commander, along with DFO (Territory) Tashi Mize and Jonai (Assam) Forest Range RFO Mukut Rabha also participated in the drive.

The DC urged the people to plant more trees “for greenery, protection of our environment, and to combat climate change.”

He also lauded the efforts put in by the armed forces in rebuilding forest areas.

The Green Envelope initiative includes phase-wise plantation of trees over a period of time to enhance the green cover in an area. It involves plantation of a large number of native trees in a smaller area, based on the Miyawaki technique pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki. (DIPRO)