Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said under the five-year tree planting programme launched in 1997, Perak was supposed to achieve the target of planting 380,000 trees by end of 2005.
So far we have planted 127,338 trees equivalent to 36% of the target and now we only have 12 months left to reach the 380,000 target.
This is because many of our district councils are depending on the state government for money to pay staff and carry out services.
With a tree seedlings costing between RM40 and RM60 each, they surely cannot afford it.
We will request the department to channel some of the allocation under the landscaping programmes to buy tree seedlings to overcome the problem, he said after launching the state-level Landscaping Day celebration at Gunung Lang recreation park here yesterday.
Deputy Housing and Local Government minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said that Perak was one of the state which has yet to reach the targeted number of trees under the national tree planting programme.
Tajol Rosli admitted it would be a great task but added that it was not impossible to ensure 253,000 of trees were planted in all the 15 district council areas by end of next year.
He urged all council presidents to focus more on planting shade trees next year.
We hope they will not waste money on buying shrub trees because, apart from being expensive they are not easy to maintain, he said.
He said among the type of shade trees they should be planting were the yellow flames, tecoma and rain tree.
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