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Volunteers to start throwing seed balls to grow trees

Pakistan Press Foundation

RAWALPINDI: Volunteers of the capital city are going to kick start a seeds ball campaign titled “throw and grow” from Sunday at Margalla Hills to promote planting of trees with internationally recognised easy methods in the country.

The campaign will be launched in collaboration with Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) inviting the people from civil societies, media and other walks of life to the most visited trails including trail three, five and six of Margalla Hills.

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Tassadaq Malik, a senior business executive and a diehard environmentalist, on Saturday unveiled his plan to launch the campaign at Margalla Hills in connection with monsoon rains to cope with deteriorating situation of climate change across the world.

“The campaign is aimed at implementation of the seeds ball scheme in the country considered to be instrumental for rapid plantation”, he added.

Malik informed that he held the consultation with IWMB and requested to pursue the seeds ball strategy being followed in many countries adding the plan was recognized world over as economical and effective method of plantation.

“The success rate of this method is over 50 per cent comparing traditional plantation of 10 per cent,” Tassadaq claimed.

Keeping in mind the lowest position of Pakistan in the region regarding land versus green area, he said, they came up with this concept of planting a tree without any hassle as compare to conventional practice that needed much effort.

He said the activity was being organised to make clay balls filled up with various kinds of plants’ seed by engaging the locals of National Marhalla Hills Park Area.

The balls would be prepared in thousands after collecting the seeds from Margalla Hills and distributed among the visitors
by IWMB’s staff educating the former to throw it in the open and feasible area.

“A ball having capacity to safeguard the seeds for one year from unsuitable weather will wait for right condition to grow and be sold out at the cost of two rupee adding that all earning will be distributed among the naive of park”, he added.

He said the seeds of Lebbek, Kachnar, Pine, Shun Flower, Amaltas, Kikar trees were selected for the seed-balls and a buyer would be informed about the feasible area for those seeds.

He, however, urged the citizens to visit the trails on this Sunday to support the cause of making Pakistan green.

Meanwhile, lauding the effort, IWMB Education Officer Sakhawat Ali vowed to continue this campaign and urged others to assist the department for such meaningful purpose and save the country from menace of global warmin

The department spoke with the local people of the National Park area and asked them to stitch small bags for the collection of seed from the mountains soon after the idea was approved by IWMB’s top management, Sikhawt added.

He said their staff would actively participate in this campaign and educate the students of the federal capital on this count soon.

It is pertinent to mention that ‘let’s plant a tree’ a public-backed campaign has been gaining momentum started just couple of months ago motivating the masses to play their role for national cause.

Such acts are showing that public has start taking interest in growing plant to save the future of their children.

The Express Tribune