NOWSHERA, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched the Olive Plantation Campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Nowshera district as part of the 10 billion tree tsunami program.
In his address at the Launching Ceremony, the prime minister said that olive plantation will help address climate change and increase exports of the Country.
The prime minister said that Pakistan spends a lot on the import of edible oil that can be reduced with the production of olive oil locally by planting olive trees particularly on the western bank of the Sindh River. He said that the production of olive oil can also generate new jobs and flourish businesses in the Country.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI will launch #OliveTreeTsunami during his visit to Nowshera today. 7500 Olive saplings will be planted at Nowshera Amangarh Plantation Site. #Plant4Pakistan pic.twitter.com/oMDLhdgu7d
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) March 15, 2021
The prime minister said that food security a serious challenge for Pakistan as the Country imports sugar, wheat, oil, and ghee. He said that the fast-growing population adds to this challenge.
Imran Khan said that the primary objective of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s 10 billion tree tsunami project is to safeguard our generations from the effects of climate change. He asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to use the Miyawaki method of plantation in Peshawar to tackle the growing issue of pollution in the city.
The prime minister said that the government is including fruit trees in the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami which will create new employment opportunities. He said that areas will be divided in different zones scientifically to plant-specific fruit trees.
Highlighting Pakistan’s vulnerability in climate change, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the youth to participate in plantation campaigns in their areas.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was accompanied by the Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, the Provincial Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, and the Special Assistant on Climate Change Amin Aslam.