Forestry and Natural Resources Minister Nancy Tembo

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi is planning to plant over 60 million trees in the 2020/2021 growing season with hope for high survival rate.

This is ambitious venture Forestry and Natural Resources Minister Nancy Tembo told the news conference in the capital Lilongwe ahead of the season’s planting exercise launch slated for Tukombo Full Primary School in Nkhatabay District, Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Minister Tembo is optimistic for high survival rate with assurance of vigorous monitoring mechanism.

She however discourage public planting trees in April rather than in December till early March when rains fall for easy grow of seedlings.

Tembo therefore appealed to institutions including schools, entertainment facilities and general public to at-least plant trees in the growing season.

“We are imploring all districts, villages, communities, institutions, every school, faith based institutions and household to plant more and more trees even beyond the tree planting season. Any occasion or event must be an opportunity for planting trees for the next generation to be assured of water, fish and biodiversity.

“We have committed to plant over 60 million trees but by the year 2030, we should be planted trees on 4.5million, the trees will be planted on farm, and in forest areas,” appeals Tembo.

She added, “We are in a Crisis both nationally and globally.  We have degraded our landscapes through wanton cutting down of trees and over exploitation of land due to overpopulation.  We are so densely populated, thereby causing damage and deforestation leading to forest catchment degradation. 

“This is resulting into the drying of rivers, loss of forestry cover, climate change, loss of biodiversity including dwindling fish population. Trees and forests support the livelihoods of the vast majority of our people through the provision of timber and poles for construction, medicines, herbs, wild fruits and other products for nourishment”.

President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to launch the 2020/2021 planting tree season.

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