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Project to protect pine nut trees begins.

CHITRAL -- The Forest Department in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization United Nation (FAO) l launched Chalgoza Forest Conservation project to protect Chalgoza (Pinus Geradina) from cutting before it's ripe.

A committee has been set up in Chitral for proper look after of chilgoza (pine nut) trees and pluck pine nuts from the tree at right time when it ripe. A meeting in this regard was held in Bamboret area of Kalash valley which was attended by the officials of Forest Department and local notables. The meeting formed Chilgoza Forest Conservation Committee and elected Abdul Majeed Qureshi as its president. Besides other members, two women members have also been included in the committee.

Ijaz Ahmed coordinator of project said while addressing the meeting that the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has initiated a project to improve chilgoza production in Chitral and create awareness among the people in this regard.

He said the local people will be given awareness about proper look after of chilgoza trees and proper method of harvesting and time to pluck pine nuts from trees. He said it will be good for chilgoza production in Chtiral and local people will also get job opportunities. He said the local people will benefit from chilgoza forests if these are looked after properly. Sub-Divisional Forest Officer (SDFO) Umair Nawaz said the purpose of the awareness session is to tell the people not to pluck chilgoza before time.

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 31, 2019
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