Algeria

Hamdani: reforestation campaign is best response to criminal hands that caused forest fires

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abdelhamid Hamdani, affirmed today, Monday, in the municipality of Tamza (province of Khenchela), that the launching of the major national reforestation campaign is “the best response to the criminal hands that caused the forest fires during last summer.”

Mr. Hamdani said during his inspection of the works of cleaning and disinfecting the forests affected by fires in the Ain Mimoun area in the municipality of Tamza, as part of a working visit he started in the province yesterday, Sunday, that “Algeria will always remain up and ready for any challenge in order to rehabilitate the forests damaged by fire and respond to the hands which were behind the tragedy experienced by the forests of Algeria during the months of July and August.

Mr. Hamdani took advantage of the opportunity to meet with some of the farmers affected by the forest fires in the municipality of Tamza to pay tribute to the souls of the people killed during the fires that ravaged forests across several provinces of the country.

After listening to a technical presentation on the work program of the Forestry Directorate for the years 2021 and 2022, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed that October 25, 2021, coinciding with to the National Tree Day, is a blessed day of special importance from an economic and environmental point of view, recalling that the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, made a decision during the past summer aimed at scheduling a major national reforestation campaign and rehabilitating the forests ravaged by fires in the period between October 25 and March 2022.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue his visit to the province of Khenchela by supervising the activities of the national meeting on the rehabilitation of forest ecosystems at Abbas Laghrour University, then setting up the National Coordination Committee of combating desertification, and attending the presentation of the National Initiative for the rehabilitation of the Green Dam and the national program of the General Directorate of Forestry on the rehabilitation and renewal of forests.

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