Over 500,000 Trees To Be Planted In Blantyre

Blantyre District Council has secured a total of 500,000 tree and fruit seedlings to be planted during the 2016/17 national tree planting season. The move aims at mitigating the negative effects of climate change.

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency (MANA) Monday, Blantyre District Forestry Officer (DFO), Geoffrey Kanyerere disclosed that at least 500, 000 tree and fruit seedlings will be distributed and planted in the entire district and closely monitored for their survival.

“Indeed, I can confirm that the district just like others, has not been spared in the high deforestation and environmental degradation effects due to El-nino, wanton cutting down of trees, charcoal burning activities for commercial purposes and harmful bush fires among other devastating causes of deforestation,”   he said.

DFO highlighted that his office will conduct sensitization campaigns to instill a sense of ownership amongst the community members who are the custodians of the trees.

“It is the responsibility and right of every resident to plant and take care of trees during the entire planting season,” Kanyerere said.

He appealed to the corporate world to generously donate more seedlings to the cause to ensure that the district reclaims its lost glory of being evergreen. (By Rodney Majawa Blantyre, January 9, Mana)

One Response to "Over 500,000 Trees To Be Planted In Blantyre"

  1. Hwesa   January 9, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    My proposal is that the 500,000 tree seedlings should be planted in one designated area and this will enable close monitoring and that area when the trees grow can be a forest reserve.

    Scattering the seedlings ail over Blantyre will not make much difference to people. Creation of forests is what Blantyre needs not a few trees in patches. Malawi cities need forests which can become reservers which will bring birds, insects and other small animals.

    With rampant corruption in Malawi, I can see some of those trees will be lining certain government ministers roads to their benefit and not the people.I rest my case.


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