BANDUNG, KOMPAS.com – Thousands of personnel from the ranks of Command and Doctrine and Training Command (Kodiklat) Army, Thursday (3/1/2013) planted 115,250 trees in an area of ??50 hectares. Planting is done in the training area of ??Infantry Education Center (Pusdikif) Infantry Armory Center (Pussenif) Kodiklat TNI AD, Cipatat, West Bandung regency, West Java.
Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan symbolically planted Pancasila tree (Tabebuia rossea). Zulkifli appreciated the active role of the army that often did reforestation in cooperation with the Ministry of Forestry.
"The Army is often reforesting in some areas of Indonesia, including this Cipatat, with the continuous rehabilitation of forests and involving all elements of society, I am sure that within the next 25 to 30 years, our forest damage can be restored," he said. Zulkifli.
TNI Army Commander Lieutenant General Gatot Nurmantyo stated that the activities in the 475 meter high above sea level were the series of peak events in commemoration of Juang Kartika Day. The types of trees planted are sengon, teak, jabon, breadfruit, trembesi, jackfruit, mahogany, and teak. The planting area is a bare area.
"This activity is also to support the preservation of the Citarum River Basin," Gatot said.
The planting began gradually on 26 December 2012, involving the children of the Kodiklat family. It is to cultivate the soul of patriotism in the contemporary context, ie not by physical war, but through the movement of environmental love.
"As a training area of ??soldiers, through reforestation is expected to be a lot of high and productive plants, so this area becomes green and ideal as a place to train soldiers.They can practice surviving in the forest with food sources rely on forest products," said Gatot.