Government has with success carried out its nationwide greening project and they have during the past three years accomplished and additionally surpassed its million-trees-a year intended target and goals.
The objective was initially intended to be achieved jointly by municipalities, the private sector, non-government organisations along with other civil bodies with the government offering a co-coordinating and leadership function.
In the 2007/8 time period, 1 700 000 trees were planted, during the 2008/9 period, 1 300 000 trees were planted and in the 2009/10 period, 1 277 805 trees ended up being planted.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson unveiled this in a written reply to a question asked by the Congress of the People (Cope) in the National Assembly.
She stated that ever since its creation, the programme had been successful in planting in excess of four million trees, 40 percent of which being fruit trees and this had for the most part been carried out within the poorer areas of the country.
The minister thanked important and vital relationships forged with companies which include Total SA, the SABC, Food and Trees Africa, Lovelife, Proudly South Africa, amongst others.
During the past three years, the programme had established legacy recreational parks namely Batlharos, Sarafina, Phahameng location and Orange Farm in the Gasegonyana, Tlokwe, Mangaung and Johannesburg municipal areas respectively.
“Trees on the whole are crucial for the well-being of, in particular, rural people. Fruit and leaves supply nutrients and are also made use of every single day in households.
“They in addition provide vitamins and quite often proteins which are not always present in other crops. Eating habits within these regions tend to be dominated by cereal crops that happen to be primarily abundant with starch. Consequently fruits are essential to maintain a well-balanced and wholesome eating plan.
“For these types of added benefits to take place, fruit trees are required to be selected and planted strategically, carefully guided by means of meticulous planning and management. Simultaneously, the continuing survival of these trees will depend on help and support coming from local government structures, engaged local residents along with the capability to suppress attack by pests and diseases,” the minister explained.
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