President Professor Peter Mutharika Saturday led state house residents, Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) and Lilongwe City Council in trees planting within the road from Kamuzu Palace to parliament building.
Speaking after planting trees, Mutharika said the exercise was also part of BEAM as trees help in beautifying the country.
Explained Mutharika, “This is my house where I have planted trees and I encourage all Malawians to do the same in their homes. They can plant any type of tree either ordinary or fruit trees.”
He encouraged people in the country to water trees after the rains have stopped saying that each year 50 per cent of the trees die after planting, but hope that this year 60 to 70 per cent of the trees will survive.
Lilongwe City Council Mayor, Willie Chapondela said they want to plant 1,500 palm trees from statehouse gate to Parliament building in Lilongwe by the end of this 2015/16 tree planting season.
He added that the trees would add beauty to the road when they grow and the land would no longer look bare.
BEAM Chairperson, Mayamiko Mwinjiro said they are expecting to plant 20, 000 to 30, 000 trees by the end of this year’s tree planting season.
“Last year we planted 6,000 trees and this year we want to plant more. Apart from this we will also plant trees at Malosa Mountain, but it would be different from the way we did last year.
“The trees would be planted in a way to provide space for the communities to be keeping bees and also able to create tourism attraction,” he said.
Mwinjiro added that the community will earn money through bee keeping and tourism adding that the initiative would be done in collaboration with the Upper Shire of Anglican Diocese.
He further said they will also plant trees along airport road and other areas across the country and beautify roundabouts.
President Mutharika led the nation in 2015/16 trees planting exercise in Ntcheu on January 18, 2016.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :