One million trees to be planted
One million trees are to be planted over the next four years under the navel string project being undertaken by SCJ Holdings Limited (SCJH).
The project will be launched on Tuesday, February 17, at the National Water Commission's Artificial Groundwater Aquifer Recharge Facility, located on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine.
Several ministries and agencies, as well as neighbouring schools will be participating in the launch.
The ministries are: Agriculture; Local Government and Community Development Education; Health; and Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.
Representatives from the Forestry Department; Social Development Commission, National Environment and Planning Agency, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, among other stakeholders will also be in attendance.
INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION
The tree-planting project aims to, among other things, increase local food production; provide a source of fruits to boost agro-processing; provide employment and culture change in schools and communities; reduce the country's carbon footprint; increase the country's stock of lumber trees; protect watersheds; and support the national climate change initiative.
SCJH will be engaging a number of youth clubs, schools, civic organisations and communities in the process.
The tree-planting initiative is expected to generate consideration from other organisations that will sustain the project. Educational programmes are to be rolled out, which will inform the public about the initiative and how they can get involved.