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BAF starts reforestation program in coastal areas, Chittagong Hill Tracts

  • Published at 05:09 pm September 21st, 2020
BAF starts reforestation program by spreading seed balls in the coastal areas of the country on Sunday, September 20, 2020 Courtesy

Seeds spread from the sky by BAF helicopters in remote coastal areas for the first time in Bangladesh

Inspired by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has always played an important role in protecting the country’s airspace as well as serving the nation since its inception.

In this regard, BAF has undertaken a reforestation program in remote coastal areas of the country and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in coordination with the Forest Department, said an ISPR press release on Monday.

Under the reforestation program, seed balls were spread in the coastal areas of the country on Sunday and Monday by throwing those from the sky by BAF helicopters.

BAF Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat provided necessary guidance to carry out the reforestation program, it added.

Seeds have been spread from the sky by BAF helicopters in remote coastal areas for the first time in Bangladesh.

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On September 3, 2020, the necessary seeds were collected from Patuakhali and processed as seed balls at Air Headquarters.

The processed seed balls were spread from the sky by 02 X MI series helicopters in the coastal areas of Domar Char, Noakhali. 

Notably, the places selected for reforestation are inaccessible and unsuitable for road travel. For this reason, seed balls were spread in these areas by BAF helicopters, the release said.

The reforestation program conducted by BAF will play an important role in protecting the natural environment of Bangladesh to reduce sea level rise and deforestation due to greenhouse effect and reduction of natural disaster damages.

Forests created by this reforestation program will become a lifeline for the people living in the coastal areas in the future, the release said.

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