COVID-19: Forest Dept offers jobs to daily wagers, labourers for 10 BTAP plantations
PESHAWAR: The Forest Department has offered jobs to daily wagers and labourers under 10 Billion Trees Afforestation Project (10BTAP) to help them financially during the prevailing difficult situation of coronavirus.
Forest Department Spokesman told APP on Monday that workforce in many countries across the world were losing jobs due to COVID-19, but Forest Department was offering jobs to thousands of labourers and daily wagers, including women in their hometowns across the province and paying remuneration on daily basis to them to live a dignified life.
As per the Government guidelines and protocols, the labourers at nurseries established almost in all districts were maintianing physical distance of six feet and covering their faces during plantation activities, besides helping the Government endeavoures to counter climate change challenges.
The Forest Department has established big and small nurseries of different species to bring maximum areas under plantation during the ongoing 10BTAP campaigns.
The spokesman said 1.20billion saplings of different species have been planted in the first phase of BTAP and another one billion trees would be sown by 2023.
10BTAP has been extended to erstwhile Fata where vast land was available for afforestation to achieve the set target with the help of public, farmers, national building departments, civil society, students and other stakeholders.
The spokesman said if every person planted ten saplings and properly looked after them, over one billion trees would take root in a year. - APP