Over 5,000 trees were planted in Beed in Marathwada by a Pune-based NGO working for rural Maharashtra as part of a campaign to increase the number of trees. The NGO Karishmaa Care Foundation (KCF) also provided 3,000 litres of water storage tanks so that villagers could use drip irrigation in the absence of rainfall.
Neelam Tuteja, KCF founder, stated “to create awareness and encourage the children to participate, new school shoes were given to them for supporting the plantation drive”.
The campaign “Go Green Marathwada” was inaugurated on World Environment Day on June 5 at Nagthala village in Beed with a target of planting 50,000 trees. KCF has planted 8,000 trees to date in the three villages Taklisingh, Vetalwadi and Nagthala.
“I feel that the whole village should be involved in tree plantation so that they realise the importance of planting trees. They should not chop them as that has been the reason of shortage of trees and drought,” said Tuteja.