MP Jumbe proposes ‘special’ commission to manage reforestation in Malawi

Malawi’s celebrated commercial farmer and Salima Central Member of Parliament (MP), Felix Jumbe, has proposed that government should put in place a special commission that can look into the issue of reforestation in the country warning that without such the country shall not register any impressive progress.

Felix Jumbe: Calls for special commission

With one of the highest population densities in Africa, and with only two per cent of the population having access to electricity, people in the country are cutting trees faster than the forests can grow.

Jumbe, who is this year planting 11 000 trees on a ten hectare piece of land in the confines of his constituency in Salima, told Nyasa Times that it was unfortunate that the issue of reforestation is being taken with a grain of salt in the country.

He said a “special” commission would work more effectively on making sure that reforestation works arguing that it would somehow be independent to plan and implement projects and programs which is not the case at present since the forestry people are a mere department at the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Resources.

“The special commission will surely have the energy to work things out. It would be easier for it to monitor the progress being achieved as far as reforestation in the country is concerned,” he said.

A forestry expert, Alpha Chavula, corroborated with Jumbe saying the idea of having a special commission is viable and has worked effectively in some Sub-Saharan countries.

“The Kenyan government has such a commission, and it has been a success. The advantage with having one is that serious attention is given to the way forests are managed,” said Chavula.

Malawi continues to suffer massive deforestation which is chiefly accelerated by demand for firewood and charcoal as well as timber business.

Chikangawa – Africa’s largest man-made forest which sits on 53 000 hectares of land, for instance, – has been heavily plundered with scanty efforts to reforest it.

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7 years ago

Silly guy iwe Mwana nyani , Is there any connexion of bringing Dr Kambwira in story? If you have no comment just shut up your trap.or else you ve phobic tendenceis with the mega,hyper, mighty,giant-maco MCP> KWAAACHAAA !

7 years ago

The same forestry people did commendable job in the past while they were in a mere department. I doubt if they have ever been a self standing ministry. A Commission will NOT ensure better reforestation, or afforestation. And you can have only one or the other, NOT both a Department of Forestry AND a Commission of Forestry!!! The present Department, if fortified with the resources, can accomplish its mandate. And Forestry can get back it’s glory; it was really respected in the seventies and eighties. MP Jumbe should just continue with what he’s doing; it’s good for us all. Preserving… Read more »

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7 years ago

Bwana Mp mukuoneka muli ndi masomphenya kuzachitukuko. Mukumveka pitirizani osati anzanu alibe chochena. Koma bwana ma Commission ambiri sakhala aphindu .Ambiri kumene amathera sikumaziwika nkhani ambiriwa ndi mchere basi. Kutsogoza ntchito kumakhala kotivuta ngati anzathu mmaiko ena atchulidwawa.

7 years ago

Just plant the trees honorable Jumbe. Don’t create other structures or institutions why? Suggest how the old ones must reform

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