Soldiers from Malawi Defense Force have advised the government to close Chikangawa forest for four years in order to bring back depleted trees in the biggest man made forest in southern Africa.
Stanley Saidi, commandant officer for Moyale Barracks said the trees and size of the forest continue to dwindle because of illegal logging.
“The closing of the forest for a few months, say five months, is not helping matters at all,” he said.
Most of the illegal loggers export the wood to Kenya and other countries.
Saidi said the soldiers guarding the forest have so far confiscated heavy machinery and three trucks full of wood.
Spokesperson for the Forestry Department Sangwani Phiri said the issue of extension of the closure of the forest will be brought to the Malawi Forestry Board which will make a final say on the matter.
The ministry of Energy and Environmental Affairs has engaged soldiers to protect forests in Chikangawa, Dzalanyama, Dedza and Mulanje.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :