ADDIS ABABA – At least 3.7 billion seedlings have been planted across Ethiopia as part of the ongoing tree-planting campaign under the theme, “Let’s Adorn Ethiopia”, Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday.
Ethiopia launched the annual Green Legacy Initiative, which aims at curbing the effects of climate change and deforestation, on May 18, 2021.
Thus far, about 3.71 billion seedlings have been planted, revealed Sani Redi Ahmed, the State Minister of Agriculture, during a press briefing today.
The amount is 61 percent of the green initiative’s plan this year, said Sani, who is a member of the committee that coordinates the tree-planting campaign.
Ethiopia plans to plant a total of 6 billion seedlings and offer an additional one billion to neighboring nations. The campaign will continue until September.
Authorities say this year’s effort to cover areas in the Abay River or Blue Nile River Basin located in Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, SNNP regional states.
Up to 75 percent of the 6 billion seedlings readied for this year’s Green Legacy initiative project are expected to grow in the areas where the river basin lies.
The campaign would play a big role in preventing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam from possible siltation, said Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, at the presser.
Ethiopia planted over 10 billion trees in the first two years of the ‘’Green Legacy’’ initiative, which aims to plant 20 billion trees by 2022.
This year, the campaign is also going regional – an additional 1 billion seedlings will be sent to neighboring countries to start a regional effort towards a green Africa.
These countries have already expressed their the interest via their embassies here and they will start planting soon, according to the coordinators of the campaign.
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