Environmental programme for Portmore coming soon says Mayor Lee

Portmore residents are to benefit from a soon to be implemented comprehensive environmental programme that will seek to, among other things, significantly reduce the mosquito population in the community.

His worship, George Lee, Mayor of the Portmore Municipal Council announced the programme while speaking at the National Tree Planting Day ceremony held at the Bridgeport Primary School on Friday, October 5. While the details of the programme are still being ironed out, the Mayor indicated that tree planting will be an integral part of the programme.

“We will be embarking on a tree planting programme, which is a part of a wider environmental programme. We intend to plant trees along the drains that will help to deter mosquitoes,” Mayor Lee said.

Trees such as the Neem tree are known to have insecticidal properties, which can assist with deterring mosquitoes.

The Mayor’s sentiments about the need for trees in the Portmore community were echoed by Mr. Colin Fagan, Member of Parliament for South East St. Catherine, who noted that controlling the mosquito population in Portmore was important in reducing the likelihood of Dengue and other mosquito borne illnesses. He also encouraged the residents to adopt trees in the community and to take care of them until maturity. He also encouraged the school to assist with educating the wider community about the value and benefits of trees.

Dr. Conrad Douglas, Guest Speaker and Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Committee also charged the gathering to become tree planters. “Each year if you can, plant a tree in your gardens, your backyards, your sidewalks, in fact, on any available land in your communities. Encourage your parents, your friends and neighbours to do the same,” he said.

He noted that theme of this year’s National Tree Planting Day, Putting down roots in your community was of special significance. “When the trees are planted and they have put down their roots, just like you have put down your roots and live in harmony with others in your community, live in harmony with the trees you plant. Do not harm them, but instead nurture and protect them,” he said.

Following the ceremony, the Forestry Department assisted by Mayor Lee, students and other special guests to plant more than 30 trees around the school compound. Additional communities in Portmore also engaged in tree planting activities with the assistance of the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the Social Development Commission. Both Agencies partnered with the Forestry Department to mobilize communities and develop tree planting projects. More than 100 projects were executed across the island on National Tree Planting Day resulting in more than 10,000 trees being planted.

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Public Relations and Corporate Communication Branch
Forestry Department
173 Constant spring Road
Kingston 8
Tel: (876) 924 - 2667/8
Email: fdinfo@forestry.gov.jm