Imran Khan inaugurates Billion-Tree Honey Program

By: News Desk      Published: 05:10 PM, 21 Dec, 2020
Imran Khan inaugurates Billion-Tree Honey Program

Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Billion-Tree Honey Program on Monday and emphasized Pakistanis to care for nature, trees along with fellow human beings.  

“We need to take care of the environment, increase forest cover area, and clean water,” Imran Khan said.  The Prime Minister said Pakistan is among five countries who are on the hit list of climate change.

Prime Minister Imran Khan talking about the environmental challenges and climate change effect in the country said Supreme 70 percent groundwater in Sindh has gone under the water table while Lahore’s air also reached a dangerous level because the city has phenomenally grown unplanned.

Imran Khan said WWF twice verified and the World Economic Forum after verification praised the Billion Tree Tsunami. He expressed his wonder that there are some people in Pakistan who do not believe in tree plantation in a magnanimous amount as part of the Billion Tree Tsunami Project. 

The premier praised the fallen heroes—forest guards—who laid their lives in the line of duty to fight the timber mafia in launching a billion-tree tsunami in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“There are 12 different kinds of weather…means 12 different inhabitants in Pakistan,” Imran Khan said.

It is pertinent to note that Pakistan has paced up its efforts to offset the impacts of climate change by rehabilitating forests and now launching the Billion-Tree Honey Program, a project aimed to increase honey production in the area. 

Imran Khan also praised Shah Farman and Malik Amin Aslam for bringing up the billion tree honey program. The premier also shared he planted olives and avocado in his home that are tasteful.

According to the billion tree honey program, the production of honey will increase from 12,000 metric tons to 70,000 metric tons. Pakistan will be able to export honey worth Rs 45 billion annually to different countries.  Furthermore, the Billion Tree project will create job opportunities for 70,000 to 80,000 people.

It is pertinent to mention here that in July this year, World Economic Forum (WEF) in its report said that Honey production in Pakistan is on the rise as beekeepers reap a dividend from the government’s program to expand forests. 

According to the government’s Honeybee Research Institute (HBRI), Pakistan has 7,000 commercial beekeepers looking after more than 1 million beehives but has enough space for double that number.