sponsoring a tree:
Contact the Kashmir Institute of National
Development (KIND), Village Chhatar Klas,
P.O. Kullian, Dist. Muzaffarabad, Account
# 8741-7, National Bank of Pakistan, Muzaffarabad
CHHATAR KLAS, Pakistan, July 28, 2003 (ENS):
The Kashmir Institute of National Development (KIND)
and the Society for Advancement of Women (SAW) have
initiated a campaign to replant olive trees from areas
where they have been cut, for whatever reason. The campaign
aims to keep hope alive within poor rural communities
throughout the conflict area between Pakistan and India.
An area along the River Jhelum in Kashmir was once the
highly protected prize habitat of olive trees. The trees
cultivated in a strip 30 kilometers long and four kilometers
deep were destroyed, but a wild species, known locally
as kahu, exists in abundance.
The goal of this campaign is to replant 5,000 olive
trees along this belt with the sponsorship of KIND and
SAW, as well as mosques and other groups and individuals
around the world. Through replanting olive trees, the
people will be encouraged to keep hope alive and to
reaffirm their commitment to work constructively toward
building peace, the Kashmir Institute of National Development
said in a statement announcing the campaign.
Workers from KIND and SAW are beginning the first planting
season in August and September with technical support
from National Research Center of Pakistan Agricultural
Research Council and the Pakistan Oilseed Board.
The planting is part of a worldwide campaign to revive
olive plantations, as the "olive branch is not
only considered as sign of peace but the olive products
are highly aspired by rich and poor alike. They bring
stability to rural economy," KIND said.
The campaign is asking sponsors to contribute US$20
which covers the cost of the young plant, distribution,
planting, and information for farmers on the best techniques
for olive tree care and production improvement.
The cost also covers an official certificate, a sponsor
label to be inscribed with the sponsor’s name,
and every sponsor will receive a certificate indicating
the location of the tree.
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