A week-long fruit bearing and timber tree fair began on the premises of Independence Square in Gaibandha district town on Friday amid much enthusiasm to all the concerned, reports BSS.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and Social Forest Department (SFD) jointly have arranged the fair in cooperation with district administration.
A discussion meeting was also held on Friday afternoon with deputy director of DAE AKM Ruhul Amin in the chair.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gautam Chandra Pal addressed the function as the chief guest and additional police super Moynul Haque, and divisional forest officer, Rangpur Rafiquzzaman Shah, were present as the special guests.
Additional deputy director (Crop) Shawkat Osman, general secretary of district nursery owners’ association Abdus Salam and journalist Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman spoke at the function among others while Sadar upazila agriculture officer AKM Sadiqul Islam was the moderator.
The speakers in a function here today underscored the need for planting more trees at the homesteads and open spaces to protect the environment from its degradation and to save the country from catastrophe of climate change.
As the prices of all species of fruits are very costly, there is no alternative to producing local and indigenous fruits abundantly to the growing demand of nutrition for the people, they added.
Terming trees as inseparable part of life and livelihood and also the best friends of the people, the speakers urged all to plant fruit bearing trees side by side with planting timber and medicinal ones and nurture those like their own children.
DC Gautam Chandra Pal in his speeches explained various beneficial aspects of trees and homestead gardening in human life and urged all to plant saplings of fruit bearing and timber trees around their homesteads to help maintain ecological balance.
The DC also sought whole hearted cooperation of all to build social movement for planting all types of trees in the district to benefit the people both economically and nutritionally.
DD of DAE AKM Ruhul Amin in his presidential speeches called upon all to visit the fair with their children and to buy different saplings of fruit bearing tress from it to boost production of fruits to meet its growing demand.
Later, the DC distributed over 200 saplings of fruit bearing and timber trees including medicinal ones to the students of different high schools and colleges here and formally inaugurated the fair and went round its stalls.
Earlier, DC Gautam Chandra Pal formally inaugurated the fair through cutting a red tape as the chief guest.
More than 30 stalls of different government departments, non government organizations and private nurseries have been set up in the fair.