The President of Turkmenistan, who was on a working visit to Balkan province, personally kicked off the nationwide planting on October 9, Saturday, and planted a tree in the seaside resort "Avaza".
As Vice Premier Myratgeldi Akmammedov reported at a government meeting held later at the international airport of Turkmenbashi, thousands of citizens will participate in the planting campaign during the weekend. It is expected that they will plant 324,000 trees across Turkmenistan as part of the community work day. All ministries and departments were given plots of land for planting, as well as amount of workload.
In total, two million new trees will be planted in Turkmenistan this fall, more than a double increase on the previous year. Out of softwood trees there will be planted pine, arborvitae, Arizona cypress, Turkmen juniper, and out of deciduous trees - mulberry, almond, ash and poplar. Haloxylon will be planted in the areas bordering with semi-deserts. Watering will be carried out through drip irrigation.