Malawi’s premier mobile service provider TNM, has launched a forestation program that will see the company planting 36,000 trees in all the three regions of the country.
TNM annually undertakes tree planting exercises in line with one of its CSR policy pillars that strive to create sustainable environment.
Rolling the 2015 tree planting exercise at Monkey Bay primary school, Head of Southern region Francis Mwamadi said the company is committed to addressing deforestation problems affecting the country.
“TNM is passionate about creating environmental sustainability in Malawi by contributing towards reforestation,” said Mwamadi.
Mwamadi pledged TNM’s support to government in the initiative that aims at restoring and preserving forest.
“Considering that Malawi has one of the largest rates of deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa it holds that we should always replenish our forests with new trees. As a country we must learn to plant at least ten trees for every tree cut. There is a need to tame the wanton cutting down of our trees if we are to address the social ills affecting the country like we have noticed this year with record floods,” he said.
In his remarks Mangochi District Technical Forestry Officer Innocent Julius commended TNM for the exercise saying it will go a long way in forestry conservation in the district.
“Monkey Bay is one of the areas that charcoal production is on increase and this exercise of replanting tress will really go a long way in minimising the effects that comes due to deforestation”, said Julius.
Julius therefore called upon the people and pupils at the school to take god care of the trees.
“TNM has done their part to assist with the seedlings it is now our duty to take good care of these trees so that the survival rate should be high” he said.
The company will this year plant 36,000 tree seedlings in the three regions of the country at an estimated cost of K2.7 million. On Thursday, TNM planted a total of 24,000 in Monkeybay and at Kauma in Lilongwe. The remainder of 12,000 for the North will be planted on Saturday at Chikangawa forest in Mzimba.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :