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On February 15 (the 6th day of the Lunar New Year), in Kim Phu commune, Tuyen Quang city, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Tuyen Quang People's Committee jointly organized the launching ceremony of the Tree Planting Festival "Eternal gratitude Uncle Ho” in the Lunar New Year.

President Vo Van Thuong gave speech at the lauching ceremony of Tree Planting Festival

Deputy Minister Nguyen Quoc Tri said: After 3 years of implementation, the whole country has planted 770 million trees, reaching 121%, including: 335 million scattered trees; Concentrated afforestation reached over 212 thousand hectares with 435 million trees. In 2023 alone, the whole country will plant 260 thousand hectares of concentrated plantation forests and 127 million scattered trees, contributing to ensuring a stable supply of raw materials for the processing industry; Forest product export value in 2023 reaches 14.4 billion USD; the output of exploited planted forest wood reached over 32 million m3 of wood; forest coverage rate is maintained above 42%. For the first time, Vietnam sold forest carbon credits, earning nearly 1,200 billion VND. Tuyen Quang is one of the leading localities in project implementation progress.

Mr Tri also introduced goals and plans for 2024, with basic targets are: Forestry production growth rate from 3.5% to 4.0%, afforestation of 245 thousand hectares, 127 million new trees planted, export value of wooden furniture and non-wood forest products 15.2 billion USD, revenue from forest environmental services 3,200 billion VND; maintaining a stable forest coverage rate at 42.02%.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Quoc Tri and delegates planted tree in Kim Phu commune, Tuyen Quang city

Speaking at the launching ceremony, on behalf of the Party and State leaders, President Vo Van Thuong sent greetings to the Party Committee, authorities, officers, soldiers, people of all ethnic groups in Tuyen Quang province and delegates asking for kindness, best wishes for the new year...

The President clearly stated, implementing the teachings of beloved Uncle Ho: Spring is the tree planting festival - Making the country more and more spring, from the spring of 1960 until now, every time spring comes, we organize the Tree Planting Festival again. More than six decades have passed, "Tree Planting Festival - Eternally gratitude to Uncle Ho” has become a tradition, a custom, a cultural beauty, and a widespread mass movement that brings great benefits to the land and water. Planting trees has contributed to protecting and improving the ecological environment, improving landscapes, proactively preventing and combating natural disasters, responding to climate change, and making an important contribution to socio-economic development, improving the quality of life of people.

With the results achieved in 2023, th President emphasized that although there are still many difficulties and challenges, with the efforts of localities, implementing the program of planting 1 billion trees by 2025, the whole country will 260,000 hectares of concentrated plantation forests and 127 million scattered trees have been planted, contributing to a stable supply of raw materials for the processing and export industries; The forest coverage rate is maintained at over 42%, and forest protection has seen positive changes. For the first time, our country successfully transferred 10.3 million tons of carbon emissions, worth nearly 1,200 billion VND.

After the launching ceremony of the Tree Planting Festival 2024, President Vo Van Thuong and delegates participated in planting 2 hectares of forest in Kim Phu commune, Tuyen Quang city.