Plant a tree on today’s National Tree Planting Day

By Jonas Cullwick

Three Government Ministers — the Minister of Lands, Ralph Regenvanu, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biodiversity, Matai Seremiah, and the Minister for Climate Change, Ham Lini — and the Leader of the Opposition,MP Ishmael Kalsakau, are scheduled to take part in the National Tree Planting Day today.

The National Tree Planting Day was originally scheduled to take place last Wednesday, June 21, but it had to be postponed due to the loss of the country’s President, and it was rescheduled to today.

The program for the day is taking place at the Tagabe Agriculture here in Port Vila, at Luganville on Santo and on Tanna.

The inaugural National Tree Planting Day was officially launched by Minister Seremiah in Port Vila on March 23, 2016 as part of Governments 100 Day Plan.

The national Civil Society Organization REDD+ is organizing the program for this year’s event with the theme, in Bislama, “Planem Tri, Sevem Wol” (Plant a Tree, Save the World).

The official opening speeches are programed to come at 8.30 a.m. from the Director General of the Ministry for Forestry, Benjamin Shing, followed by the Director General for the Ministry of Climate Change, Jesse Benjamin, and the Chairlady of the nation CSO REDD+ Planform, Mrs. Maryline Arhnambat Abel.

The full day program will see the Ministers and the Leader of the Opposition take part in the tree planting ceremony at 10am at Tagabe Agriculture Station. Then the ceremony will relocate to the Vanuatu Teachers Union Agro-forestry Demonstration Plot at Teouma, outside of Port Vila, coordinated by the CSO Organizing Committee members – William Bani, Michael Tabi and Robert Manaroto.

The day will end at 4pm when buses will leave the tree planting site to take people back to Port Vila and to their destinations around Efate.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: Cell # 678 5460922

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