Plantation: More than 30,000 saplings were planted along the 6.2km Thimphu-Babesa expressway divider yesterday. Four species of plants – Jasminum, Forsythia, Ceratostigma and Hypericum – were planted.
Some 520 staff from Ministry of Agriculture and Forests participated in the hedge plantation programme.
Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji said that the saplings were raised at the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) in Serbithang.
Many plantation activities are being carried out this year under the Green Bhutan Programme. The ministry and Thimphu thromde planted the saplings to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
The minister told the participants tell their family and friends to support the ministry and thromde to raise the plants by not up-rooting and walking over the saplings.
The ministry officially handed over the saplings to the thromde after plantation.
Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said that although thromde had planned and attempted to plant saplings along expressway divider, it was not successful because thromde lacked manpower and resources.