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    200,000 saplings to be planted in Ghazni

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): About 200,000 plants will be planted in southern Ghazni province, the agriculture department head said on Wednesday.

    About 100,000 saplings would be planted on different hills of the provincial capital, Ghazni city, with 70 people appointed to take care of them, agriculture department head, Sultan Hussain Abbasyar, said.

    About 72,000 saplings would be planted at schools and the rest in 14 districts, he said. All of the plants had been kept at Zangal Bagh Farm, he said at a ceremony to mark the start of the plantation campaign.

    He asked residents of Ghazni to help the government protect the plants.

    Plants can play a key role in protecting the environment and farmland, the regional head of the environment protection agency, Mohammad Nawab, said.

    Last year, about 2,000 saplings were planted in Ghazni city with the financial support of Norway, officials had said.