ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy said on Monday at least 84 per cent of the four billion seedlings planted last year have grown.
Ethiopia undertook a major national reforestation program last year, planting four billion trees in just three months and setting a new recording of planting more than 350 million trees in a day in the process.
“Extensive care-taking work has been undertaken throughout the country to cultivate planted seedlings,” said Prime Minister Abiy.
The national average for seedlings planted that have grown over the past year now stands at 84 per cent, Abiy claims.
Planting trees is part of Ethiopia’s national “Green Legacy” initiative, which according to the PM’s office, aims to tackle deforestation and the effects of climate change by educating Ethiopians on the environment, and planting different “eco-friendly seedlings”.
The country now plans to repeat last year’s feat and plant five billion more trees in the coming rainy season.