Malawi VP Chilima calls for collective efforts in tree planting season

Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima has underscored the need for Malawians to plant and take care of the already planted trees in an effort to combat effects of climate change and deforestation.

Chilima waters the tree he planted .-Photo by Francis Mphweya, Mana
Senior Chief Kapeni of Blantyre plants tree

He made the remarks on Thursday when he led Malawi Weather Chasers, a WhatsApp grouping in planting 6,000 trees in Chigumula forest.

The Vice President observed that natural disasters such as stormy rains, hailstorms and strong winds which damage crops, household property, infrastructure, causing human injuries and loss of lives were perpetuated by massive deforestation.

Chilima explained that time had come for people to cultivate a culture of conserving natural resources by practicing afforestation and re-afforestation exercises.

“Let’s cultivate a culture of planting trees irrespective of places we come from and time. Besides that, we also need to safeguard against any wanton cutting down of trees for the betterment of the future generation,” he said.

Chairperson for Malawi Weather Chasers, Dr Sosten Chiotha emphasized on the need for people to take ownership of the planted trees to improve on their survival rate.

“We were compelled to plant trees today realizing the diverse effects of climate change the country is subjected to. The Vice President has planted M’mbawa as well as a fruit tree Katope, these trees will help in protecting the environment and other ecosystems.

“All the, 6000 trees that will be planted today are all indigenous,” he explained.

The Malawi Weather Chasers WhatsApp group aims at networking and exchanging weather related information from different people across the country and it is a grouping of all professions.

President Peter Mutharika launched the 20l7/20l8 Nation Forestry Seasons in Mwanza which was held under the theme: restore forests, protect environment.

About 60 million trees are expected to be planted during this year’s tree planting season.

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4 years ago

Amene akuyang’anira nkhalango xathu let them borrow a leaf from Vizala plantation.. they are harvesting& their reafforestation process is very impressive

4 years ago

It should not only be let us make sure that these trees we are planting are taken care of.. ndikale lija tinayamba kuzala mitengo.. nanga yomwe yakulapo ndiyingati.. Bwana next year check on status of trees you have planted

4 years ago

Kodi nanga Mulli ndi mavendor anzake omwe anachita vandalise Chikangawa Forest, bwanji sitikuwaonapo pachithupa. Iwo yao ndiyongocheka moononga ndiye kuti?

4 years ago

Very commendable ndiwo upresident umenewo osati kumangokhalira miseche ku state house.

But also please let us protect our lake. No industries that can discharge harmful industrial waste into the lake.

Nsomba zayamba kusowa kamba ka some of those factories near the shore line. Its not just over fishing problem but industrial polution.

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