Aug 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army jointly and the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation (SLADC) have jointly organized a mega nation-building project to plant more than 135,000 herbal saplings inside all island-wide Army installations.
President Maithripala Sirisena symbolically inaugurated the environment-friendly project named 'Punarudaya' (Re-awakening) on Thursday at the Viharamahadevi Park premises handing over the first herbal plant to Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.
President Sirisena also joined the program by panting a white Sandalwood plant in Viharamahadevi Park.
The Army under the 60-day project undertook the responsibility for cultivation of sandalwood, red sandalwood, aloe vera (Komarika), pawatta, pomegranate seedlings, etc inside all formations under the seven Security Force Headquarters (SFHQ) around the country.
SLADC will provide all the 135,000 saplings to the Directorate of Agriculture of the Army on a staggered basis for distribution beginning next week.
This new project commenced as a one of the steps towards the sustainable development.
Speaking at the event, President Sirisena said that in order to build renaissance of the nation, the contribution, dedication and integrity of all the sectors are essential.
The President pointed out that the government has taken steps to increase the current forest cover from 28 percent to 32 percent and added that the project launched today will be of massive importance when taking this program forward.
The President mentioned that plans are afoot to conduct a huge environmental revolution with the support of the Tri Forces to increase the forest cover.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Chairmen of Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation Mr. Lal Samarasinghe, Chief Administrative Officer of the Sri Lanka Army Major General Shavendra Silva, and the Agriculture Director of the Army Brigadier Buwaneka Gunaratna were present in this event.