The season of cultivation of desert plants on the bottom of the Aral Sea has begun in the Ulytau region of Karakalpakstan, the press service of the Council of Ministers of Karakalpakstan reports.
More than 2 thousand machines, hundreds of units of agricultural machinery and about 6 thousand specialists were involved in the work.
The program for planting plants on the bottom of the Aral Sea was launched in 2018. During this time, 1.6 million hectares of forest from saxaul, tamarix and other desert plants have been created on the dried-up areas.
This year it is planned to plant another 100 thousand hectares of plantings. According to experts, the forest will prevent the spread of harmful salts and dust.
The opening ceremony of the season was attended by the Minister of Emergency Situations, Chairman of the Jocargy Kenes of Karakalpakstan, the head of the Environmental Party and representatives of other authorities.
Landscaping of the dried-up bottom of the Aral Sea is coordinated by Tursinhan Khudaibergenov, Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development of the Aral Sea region.