The northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang has planted trees on 13,870 ha of land, completing the yearly plan ahead of schedule, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Le Tien Thang, director of the department, said five districts and a city have surpassed their targets while only Na Hang district has met 99 percent of its plan.

The result is attributable to the department’s close coordination with authorities at communal and district levels as well as forestry companies to clear up land for reforestation and raise local people’s awareness of the forest’s roles and value, thus encouraging many economic sectors to invest in forest planting.

With 60 percent of its natural area under forest, one of the highest coverage rates in the country, Tuyen Quang has long considered commercial forestry as one of its spearhead economic sectors. The province currently houses more than 50 factories processing forestry products.-VNA