Banyuwangi, E Java (ANTARA News) - First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo launched a public waste reduction campaign in Banyuwangi, East Java Province, on Monday.

Iriana urged women to reduce the use of plastic in order to decrease the volume of plastic waste. The first lady said single-use plastic will be banned in stages.

Iriana planted a longan tree and symbolically distributed 1,500 orange trees, 250 longan trees, and 250 mango trees to local women and schools.

She also demonstrated the steps of proper hand washing in order to prevent diseases.

Iriana was accompanied by Second Lady Mufidah Kalla and the wives of ministers grouped in the Solidarity Action Organization of the Working Cabinet Era (OASE-KK).

Upon arrival at the Blimbingsari Airport in Banyuwangi District on Monday morning, they were greeted by East Java Governor Soekarwo and Commander of the Regional Military Command V/Brawijaya Major General Arip Rahman.

They visited early childhood education (PAUD) Muslimat Khodijah 157 at Rogojampi that accommodates some 50 children.

Iriana and Mufidah took part in an exercise, planted hydroponic plants, and washed their hands along with the children.

They later presented school stationary and eating equipment to the children.

Their other agenda in Banyuwangi included an anti-narcotic campaign and a visit to a small- and medium-scale industry center.

Reporting by Desca Lidya Natalia, fardah

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