‘Surekeemata Parisaraya’ kicks off on 16 April
State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure, Nimal Lanza, said the inauguration of the programme to plant two million saplings to increase Sri Lanka's forest density and forest cover under the theme 'Surekeemata Parisaraya' will take place on 16 April.
Arrangements have been made to start the programme by planting saplings on a six acre land in Boys Town in Ragama on 16 April at 6:40 a.m., the auspicious time for planting in keeping with the Sinhala and Hindu New Year. This programme is being implemented under the guidance of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa under the guidance of the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Regeneration and Poverty Alleviation, Basil Rajapaksa, under the patronage of the Minister of Highways, Johnston Fernando.
Lanza explained about the planting of 500,000 saplings this year under the "Surekeemata Parisaraya" programme to plant two million saplings in four years.
As arranged, 100,000 saplings will be planted under the 100,000 km programme, 50,000 saplings will be planted by the Maga Neguma Institute, 50,000 by the State Development and Design Corporation and 30,000 projects will be implemented in 14,022 Grama Niladhari Divisions under the ‘Talking with the Village, Back to the Village with Work’ programme. It is planned to plant 300,000 saplings under that programme.
It is also planned to increase the forest density in the Gampaha District by planting trees in identified areas in the Gampaha District. Lanza further stated that measures will be taken to provide long term economic crops to boost the local economy.
The Ministry of Highways, the State Ministry of Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure, the Road Development Authority, the Maga Neguma Institute and the State Development and Design Corporation are contributing toward this.