The call by president Mutharika to all stakeholders to take part in the tree planting exercise has jolted the Hlomwes.
At a news briefing organised by Mlakho wa Ahlomwe in Blantyre on Thursday, the Hlomwes announced to plant 3 million trees during this
“The president in Mwanza during inauguration of the tree planting season appealed to all stakeholders to join government in planting
trees…we are heeding the call.” Said Muchana Mpulukwankhwaye chief executive officer of Mlakho wa Ahlomwe.
He said the cultural grouping will this Saturday plant trees in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu cites.
The chief executive officer said the exercise will spill over to all districts. Mr. Mpulukankhwaye noted with concern that the country is one of the worst in the SADC region where deforestation is alarming.
“It is on record that Malawis’ deforestation rate in the region (SADC) is the highest, it is not just sad but very shocking, if the trend continue at this rate what will happen in the next generation?” wondered the Mlankho wa Alhomwe CEO.
He noted with concern that there too much excitement during the planting season with many organisation involved in the exercise but
the forest growth in the country remain dormant.
Mr. Mplulukankhwaye said there is need to foster people cantered approach in tree planting to ensure ownership of the trees.
He said the organisation will involve ints existing structures in all districts and available authorities to conserve the trees planted.
Minister of environment Agrrey Masi said the country is targeting 60 million seedlings to plant this planting season.
In 2015 it was reported that Malawi had the highest deforestation rate in the SADC region.
The 2010 Malawi State of Environment Outlook reported that the country suffered highest deforestation rate estimated at around 2.8 per annum. Charcoal burning, bushfires, woodcutting are some of the a causative agents of deforestation in Malawi.