Network of Climate Journalists, a grouping of media practitioners with interests in conserving the environment in the country, on Tuesday spared time on their busy schedule to plant hybrid Mango trees at Ulaya village in Senior Chief Mpama’s area in the southern district of Chiradzulu.
The tree planting exercise was also in line with ‘Make Malawi Green’, a campaign aimed at restoring and protecting the environment by influencing communities across the country to take a leading role in planting more trees.
The trees were donated by Angaliba Foundation, a non-governmental organization which has also programmes aimed at protecting the environment and restoring cultural values in rural areas.
Chairperson of the Foundation, Dr Roderick Mulonya observed that it was high time every Malawian owned at least three trees, mainly mango trees to ably restore the vegetation.
According to him, Mango trees are rarely cut down and are very ideal for those interested in fruit production as they don’t take ages to start bearing fruits.
“Everyone Malawian, regardless of any age, should at least plant and own three trees, mainly mango trees. We are about 16 million, and if each Malawian owns three mango trees, then each district will have at least 2 million mango trees with which they will be able to make juices there by boosting their income.
“We need to plant more fruit bearing trees that would contribute to the growth of fruit production in the country. Therefore every Malawian should own a tree, and it should a profitable tree like mango tree,” said Mulonya.
He said they looking forward to planting about 20 million profitable trees across the country.
On his part, NCJ President Deitrich Frederich noted that weather and climate affects all social economic sectors, hence the need to plant more trees.
“Social economic development of any country depends on natural resources; as such issues of environment and climate change should of concern to everyone.
“As media practitioners, we are not only concerned but ready to participate in the restoration of vegetation by planting more trees. The country has lost millions of trees, but I know with joined hands, we can conserve the environment,” said Fredrich.
He also took time to discourage wanton cutting down of trees, advising the communities to ensure that any cutting of a tree is followed by planting at least three profitable trees.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :