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Mexico’s Lopez Obrador Looks to Tree Planting to Create Jobs

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Andres Manuel Lopez ObradorPhotographer: Mauricio Palos/Bloomberg

Mexico City (AP) -- Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he wants to create 400,000 jobs by planting 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) with timber and fruit trees.

Lopez Obrador said in a video posted Sunday that he wants to plant half the total amount in 2019, focusing on timber species like cedar and mahogany. The other half would be planted in 2020.