Vice President U Myint Swe visited the Shwepontaung area greening project in Chauk Township yesterday, calling for stepping up efforts for greening in the dry zone in central Myanmar.
After hearing reports on greening efforts by the Dry Zone Greening Department, the Vice President has urged them to accelerate their efforts focusing on areas with least forest cover in four districts in Sagaing Region, four districts in Magway Region and five districts in Mandalay Region.
“Besides, it is needed to promote use of wood-substitute fuel in regions,” said U Myint Swe.
He also stressed the need to promote raising awareness about natural disasters and environmental conservation among the local peoples.
Shwepontaung greening area has 12,379 acres and is located besides the Chauk-NyaungU Road and on the eastern bank of the Ayeyawady River.
Currently, more than 282,000 Neem trees and 6,600 hardwood trees have been grown with water supplied from the Ayeyawady River.