Expert Highlights Drawbacks of Norouz Tree Planting Scheme

Trees last longer than grown grains and need less water.Trees last longer than grown grains and need less water.

Tehran mayor’s campaign calling for planting trees instead of growing grain seeds (Sabzeh) as a Norouz ritual has drawn both appreciation from environmental experts and criticism for not being properly studied. 
Iranians grow seeds in the final days of winter and throw them in running water on the 13th day of the New Year (April 2) as part of a Norouz ritual. 
In his institutive, Mohammad Ali Najafi has called on the public to plant a sapling in their gardens or in designated areas of the city and transfer it to their gardens on the occasion.
Mohammad Darvish, the former head of Education and Public Participation Office at the Department of Environment, has acknowledged the advantages of the innovative scheme, but argued that the idea is not well-thought-out, ISNA reported. 


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