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Plant Trees

The 2014 TFL Sugar Festival Queen contestants were reminded of the importance of planting trees at the Teidamu Central Nursery yesterday. The Nursery’s managing director Narendra Prasad said youths seem
19 Sep 2014 08:08
Plant Trees

The 2014 TFL Sugar Festival Queen contestants were reminded of the importance of planting trees at the Teidamu Central Nursery yesterday.

The Nursery’s managing director Narendra Prasad said youths seem to forget the importance of planting.

“Many youths nowadays seem to focus a lot on white collar jobs and forget the horticulture industry; it is just as important as any other work,” Mr Prasad said.

He said it was very important for youths to know the contribution plants make to the economy.

“We are able to do a lot of things with indoor plants in terms of marketing but we must not forget the major contribution it has to the environment.

“So I urge youths out there not to be afraid to get their hands dirty and plant a tree,” he said.

Meanwhile queen contestant Veniana Vuninai said that the visit has really changed their perspective towards the environment.

“We have now realised the importance of planting a tree especially the effect it has on the environment.

“They also play an important role in the tourism industry as it beautifies our hotels and offices,” she said.

Ms Vuninai said that there seemed to be lack of awareness in the horticulture field.

“There is lack of awareness in the horticulture or agriculture field, it seems like people are more interested in the technology arena but we should think of what will happen if there are no trees left in our country,” she said.

The 18-year-old student from Central College in Lautoka is sponsored by the Yasawa-i-rara community.

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