The central province of Binh Dinh is striving to replant 8,500 hectares of forests of all kinds in 2014 to increase the ratio of forest coverage to 49 percent.

According to Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Phan Trong Ho, the area include 7,600 ha of forests serving economic purposes and 900 ha of protective forests.

About 800 hectares of forest will be planted under a project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, he said.

Last year, the province reforested over 9,500 hectares, up nearly 1,080 from 2012, bringing the local forest coverage to 48.7 percent.

The provincial forestry sector’s production value reached over 310 billion VND (14.6 million USD) in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 10.5 percent.-VNA