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
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
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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