Government to launch 50m Olive Tree Tsunami drive

The project is a part of the Prime Minister's 10 Billion Tree Tsunami and will be executed with the help of provincial governments on a priority basis.

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  • Plantation of olive trees would turn the water-stressed areas into a food basket, says Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change.
  • The new initiative will target regions with poor water availability.
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Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan.

Being a developing country Pakistan mainly relies on an adaptation approach to help fight the diverging climate factor. After the initiative of the Billion Tree Tsunami and 10 Billion Tree Tsunami, the new project that aims at planting millions of olive trees is in the forecast now. Tree plantation not only increases the tree cover of the land but also provides resistance to the worst climate factors.

The central government is going to launch a ’50 Million Tree Tsunami’ project within the country. The announcement about the olive tree plantation plan was announced by the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam a day ago, Radio Pakistan reported.

The project is a part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami and will be executed with the help of provincial governments on a priority basis. The advisor said that the directives have been issued to the ministry’s forest officers to prepare a viable national plan in this regard.

The new initiative will target smallholder farmers of certain areas in Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the regions with poor water availability. The advisor also informed that the government will help build storage ponds in the drought-ridden areas to water olive tree plantation.

Rainwater harvesting and other advanced irrigation strategies will also be explored besides building water storage spots. About the selection of olive trees, Amin Aslam said that the olive tree is a drought-tolerant staple plant and can withstand various adverse effects of climate change.

Advisor also projected that the plantation of olive trees would turn the water-stressed areas into a food basket. Olive farming can be easily carried out in those areas of the country that witness frequent droughts, frosts, heatwaves, and frequent warming, said the Acting Inspector-General Forest Suleman Warriach.

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The olive tree grows well even with low water irrigation and is naturally capable of regenerating after being hit by frost, heatwaves, fire incidents due to its marvelous regeneration capacity, he added.

He also elaborated that if the project is executed successfully then it will have the two-fold benefits of providing an income source for the smallholder farmer in addition to having cut on the country’s edible oil import bill.

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