Mulanje cedar goes extinction: 7 trees remaining of original 63 000

Mulanje  cedar, once the country’s precious rare tree, has gone extinction with only seven trees remaining of the original 63, 000 four years ago.

An illegal logger carries a massive beam of Mulanje cedar down the mountain

Director of forestry in the ministry of Energy, Forestry and Environmental Affairs Dr Tembo Chinyenga said the government has embarked on a massive program to bring back the Malawi tree.

“The seven remaining cedar trees are in hard to reach areas, this is why we have embarked in a program to collect the seeds and grow them,” said Chinyenga.

He said the government has set up tree clubs who have been mandated to grow the rare tree species, saying the 10 clubs have a chance of winning up to K10 million if they do well in the growing and looking after the tree.

Cedar tree can fetch up to US$1 million for each tree but is now under great threat because of illegal logging.

“Our plan is to grow at least 1, 200 trees with the next four years or so,” said Chinyenga.

In addition, he said the government is now conducting generic studies of the rare tree, saying samples have been collected from Zomba and Chikangawa.

District forestry officer for Mulanje Ulemu Chitenje said efforts to use the Malawi Defense Force and police to police the Mulanje mountain forestry area has yielded nothing as illegal logging continue.

He said the government has 15 guards only guarding the whole mountain area for illegal logging of the precious tree.

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#DzukaniAmalawi

This is like a metaphor for the political situation in our country. Not long ago Malawi used to have around 63,000 credible and potential political leaders in our midst; but now this number has been reduced to 7.

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

In four years 63,000 trees have been cut down. These trees took many many years to grow. Mr district forestry officer and your whole forestry team where were you when 63,000 trees were being cut down. WHY DID YOU NOT REPORT THIS TO YOUR BOSSES NGATI MUMAONA KUTI ZAKUKULIRANI TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION ?. This is the kind of civil servants that are bringing our country down. It is clear that you were benefiting some thing from the illegal logging, period.

Mario Chiponda
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Mario Chiponda

If there are 15 guards guarding 7 trees, why can’t they stop the illegal logging?

Abelt
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Abelt

One tree can fetch up to $1million (K750,000,000). Apatu nde mwanamatu. Can you please back up your facts?

Xyz
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Xyz

Hahahha

Chatsalira
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Chatsalira

Poor Malawi.
You had to wait for the Mulanje Cedar to goes near extinction to wake up.
Be pro active don’t wait until last minute.

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