Party, State leader launches Tet tree planting festival in Yen Bai

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News
The New Year Tree Planting Festival  is launched in Yen Bai province. (Photo: VNA)

Yen Bai (VNA) – Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu
Trong launched the New Year Tree Planting Festival in Viet Cuong commune, Tran
Yen district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai on February 10 (the
sixth day of Lunar New Year 2019).

On November 28, 1959, President Ho
Chi Minh wrote an article which was published on Nhan dan (People) newspaper,
stressing the significance of tree planting to each person, each family and the
entire nation. It has since become an annual Vietnamese custom each Lunar New

Addressing at the ceremony, the Party and State leader underlined that tree
plantation has played an important role in preventing natural disasters,
improving quality of the environment, and bettering local livelihoods amidst global
warming, climate change and sea level rise, which are billed as one of the
formidable challenges to the human beings in the 21st century.

He called upon the entire Party, army and people to engage in growing trees and
forests as well as taking actions against deforestation as part of efforts to
protect the environment.

According to Minister of Agriculture and
Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the country planted more than 231,000
hectares of concentrated forest and over 63 million scattered trees in 2018, raising
the forest coverage to 41.65 percent. Meanwhile, the export of forestry
products was estimated at more than 9.3 billion USD.

The forestry sector’s achievements contributed greatly to the national
socio-economic development in the year, he added.

In accordance with the Target Programme on Sustainable Forestry Development for
2016-2020, competent agencies and sectors will work to raise forestry production
value by 6 percent annually, as well as forestry export to 10.5 billion USD and
forest coverage to 41.85 percent in 2019.

In Yen Bai province, noticeable changes were seen in forestry production, with
additional 15,443 hectares of forest and the forest coverage reaching 63

Following the launching ceremony, Party General Secretary and President Nguyen
Phu Trong met, delivered Tet greetings and presented gifts to local ethnic


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