ABOUT 150 staff members of the Pine Group of Companies yesterday planted 13,000 young trees in celebration of International Day of Forests.
Led by company executive chairman Faiz Khan, the workers spent about five hours at Lautoka's Lololo Pine Station planting in an area covering 12 hectares.
Mr Khan said although there was a daily planting program in place at the company's six stations nationwide, yesterday was special because it marked the importance of forests and also involved factory workers.
"Today we got people who work in the factory to actually come out and plant a tree and also compete in teams, and we offered incentives of $250, $150 and $100 for the teams who planted the most and so on," he said.
International Day of Forests was observed for the first time on March 21 last year and was established by resolution of the UN General Assembly on November 28, 2012.
Mr Khan said the occasion was intended to be a platform for people with an interest in forests and climate change to share their views and work together to ensure forests were sustained for the future.
The UN says each year more than one million hectares (32m acres) of forests — roughly the size of England — are lost.