State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (second from the left) planting trees at the event

In his speech at the event, Phuc affirmed that the military should make tree planting and afforestation as a practical political task following President Ho Chi Minh's teaching.

He happily acknowledged that the military has actively responded to a project on growing one billion trees in Vietnam, having planted more than 1.5 million trees since the beginning of 2021.

The president lauded the Ministry of National Defense's organization of tree planting movements across all military units, particularly those stationed in midland, mountainous, and island areas; economic and defense groups; and barracks.

He recommended the military to conduct more communications campaigns on the role of afforestation and collaborate with local authorities and people to prevent illegal logging and forest fire.  

The military planted nearly 11 million trees during 2015 – 2020 in contribution to greening up barren land, proactively preventing and combating natural disasters, and improving the environment and landscape around their barracks. It has set a goal to grow more than 37 million trees in the 2021 – 2025 period.

As part of the ceremony, Phuc joined other participating officials and military officers to plant trees at the site.

Source: VNA