Herenna Forest, Ethiopia

Ethiopia will plant 200 million trees on July 29

The Ministry of Agriculture disclosed on July 24 that the country has already planted 2.6 billion trees slated to meet the 4 billion trees planting national project.

The national 4 billion trees planting project officially launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on May 26, 2019, is set to mobilize national reforestation program of planting 40 tree seedlings per head.

Furthermore, he announced the planting of 200 million saplings on a single day on 29 July 2019, expecting to break the world record held by India.

In line with this, Agriculture Minister, Umar Hussen said that the distribution of seedlings for planting will be completed on Friday.

Nationwide monitoring of planted seedlings will be conducted to ensure that the planted trees would be grown, he said.

This will continue even in the future to identify which seedlings have grown and where and which ones have died out or have been nourished by those who planted them, he added.

The national initiative is critical for Ethiopia, as the country has lost billions of trees and forest resources over the years.

Most of the seedlings planted are from indigenous tree species.