Dhaka, Bangladesh
Speakers for planting of trees to ensure food security

Speakers for planting of trees to ensure food security

RAJSHAHI, July 11: Speakers at a function on Wednesday stressed the need for planting of saplings of fruit bearing trees to increase food production alongside maintaining ecological balance. Tree plantation would play a significant role in reducing poverty, they told at the inaugural session of a 20-day long Divisional Tree Fair and Fruit Tree Fair-2019 at Green Plaza of Rajshahi City Corporation on Wednesday. Social Forestry Division (SSD) under the Ministry of Forest and Environment and Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are jointly organizing the fair. Commissioner of Rajshahi division Nur-Ur-Rahman addressed the opening session as chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque in the chair, reports BSS. Deputy Inspector General of Police AKM Hafiz Akhter, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Amir Jafar, Additional Director of DAE Deb Dulal Dhali and its Deputy Director Shamsul Haque and Divisional Forest Officer Ahmmad Niamur Rahman spoke as special guests. The speakers stressed the need on extensive tree plantation to improve environment and biodiversity to make the region habitable for all. "Expansion of the country's forest area up to 25 percent of the total landscape through extensive tree plantations will protect the country from adverse impact of climate change," said ur-Ur-Rahman. Explaining various beneficial aspects of trees and homestead gardening in human life, he urged all to plant at least three tree saplings on their homesteads to help maintain environmental and ecological balance. Rahman urged all to plant fruit saplings around their respective homesteads or on any open space to help maintain environmental and ecological balance and save the region from the wrath of any future natural catastrophe. Various government and non-government organizations and individuals including nursery owners and local entrepreneurs have set up 47 stalls in the fair. Another report adds: Rajshahi Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (RWASA) is going to implement a mega project aiming at supplying safe drinking water for the city dwellers. The project titled "RWASA Surface water Treatment" will be implemented with an estimated cost of Taka 4,150 crore to remove the existing water supply related problems. Under the project, 26.5-kilometer main pipelines, 48-kilometer primary and secondary pipelines would be installed for ensuring a strong water supply network. RWASA Managing Director Sultan Abdul Hamid revealed this while inaugurating a three-kilometre pipeline installation work in Railway gate area near Rajshahi University campus today as chief guest. The supply line from the railway gate area to Kharkhori bypass road will be installed with an estimated cost of Taka 91.10 lakh. Deputy Managing Director Amirul Islam and Superintending Engineer Parvej Mahmud were present on the occasion. Under the mega project, water from the Padma River will be supplied to households for drinking purpose after necessary treatment. The mega project has been adopted to supply fresh drinking water under a 40-year water supply management master plan. The surface water-based plant with capacity of treating 20-crore litre water daily will be installed at Farhadpur, 26.5 kilometres west from the city centre under Godagari upazila by June 2022. From this water purification plant, fresh drinking water will be supplied to all 30 wards in Rajshahi City Corporation and its surrounding areas as well as 11 wards of Katakhali and Naohata municipal areas. "So far, we have brought 73.28 percent of Rajshahi city's total 5.52 lakh population under the water supply coverage," said Sultan Hamid. Currently, 7.78-crore litres of water are being extracted through 96 production pumps in all 30 wards under Rajshahi City Corporation daily against the total demand of 11.33 crore litres. A total of forty five kilometers pipeline with 150-milimeter diameter, 70 kilometers pipeline with 100-milimeter diameter, 20 new production pumps and 28 submersible pumps were installed from July 2012 to December 2015 under Taka 28.02-crore "Water Supply System Improvement in Rajshahi City" project.

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