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President Gotabaya inaugurates Tree Planting Program

President Gotabaya inaugurates Tree Planting Program

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa graced the ceremony held on Friday National Tree Planting Program to plant two million saplings under the theme ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ (Trees that give breath). Trees are planted to suit the area, with the aim of reducing the percentage of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increasing the volume of oxygen.

The program is jointly implemented by the Central Environmental Authority, the Ministry of Environment, the Defense Headquarters and the Sri Lanka Army.

President Gotabaya planted a white sandalwood sapling near the entrance to the Defense Headquarters in front of the Central Environmental Authority in Battaramulla as the first sapling.

Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera and Chief of Army Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva also joined the program.

Secretary to the Ministry of Environment, Dr Anil Jasinghe, Chairman of Central Environment Authority, iripala Amarasinghe, Director General of Central Environment Authority, Hemantha Jayasinghe, Senior Military officers including Major General Indrajith Kandanaarchchi, Director General Agriculture and Livestock, students, teachers and invitees attended the occasion following health guidelines.

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