The northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang planted additional 11,565 hectares of forest from the outset of this year, or 103.3 percent of the set target for the whole year (Illustrative photo: baochinhphu.vn)
 
Tuyen Quang (VNA) - The northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang planted additional 11,565 hectares of forest from the outset of this year, or 103.3 percent of the set target for the whole year, according to deputy head of the forest protection bureau under the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Trieu Dang Khoa.

Afforestation in the districts of Yen Son, Son Duong and Chiem Hoa exceeded the assigned tasks, he said.

To attain the results, the agriculture department directed communal People’s Committees and forestry companies to accelerate land clearance for forest plantation. The forest protection bureau worked with competent authorities to ensure the sufficiency of quality seedlings. Meanwhile, forestry firms had taken rational measures to mobilise capital and enhance linkages to fulfill their target.

Furthermore, local communication campaigns have been carried out across the province to raise public awareness of the roles and values of forests, thus attracting investments from various economic sectors.

Besides planting high-quality varieties in an area of over 1,000 hectares, the province’s forestry sector is expanding forest areas receiving sustainable forest management certificate from the Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC certificate. It is now home to more than 16,000 hectares of forest granted with FSC certificates, and is targeting another 4,000 hectares certified to be of the FSC standard this year.

Tuyen Quang has a forest coverage rate of 60 percent, one of the highest in the country.-VNA