A special “Tree Planting Day 2015” was held in the northern province of Bac Kan by the Honda Vietnam Company (HVN) and the provincial department of agriculture and rural development on April 19.

HVN’s General Director Minoru Kato said the event is part of an eight- year project (from 2013 to 2020) developed by the local government alongside the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Vietnam Forestry University.

As the sole sponsor of the project, HVN has provided 4.9 billion VND (233,000 USD) for planting trees over 490 hectares of protective forest land in two communes of Bac Kan town. This has covered the costs of project preparation, agricultural training for forestry officials and local farmers and the purchase of high-quality seedlings and fertilisers, he added.

He noted that trees will be planted from 2013-2016, while the next four years will see the trees thinned out but protected. Harvesting will start from 2020.

The project is expected to yield 73,500 cubic metres of wood, which will bring a profit of about 50 billion VND (2.3 million USD). Households taking part in the project will receive all of the proceeds of selling timber after harvesting. The project is not only contributing to environmental protection, but is also directly helping raise the living standards of local people by eradicating hunger and poverty.

The April 19 event attracted more than 200 HVN associates and Honda partners in Bac Kan, together with a large number of local people, to start planting over an area of two hectares.

After almost two years of implementing the project, so far there have been nearly 360 hectares of trees planted and cared for. The average height of project trees is between 60-90 cm, and the average diameter is 1cm.-VNA