By Shamima Binali
Former Vice President Dr Cassim Chilumpha has urged government through department of forestry to intensify civic education on management of planted trees.
Dr Chilumpha was speaking in the area of Senior Chief Kadewere in Chiradzulu when he graced a tree planting ceremony organized by Helpline Malawi, an organization he founded.
Dr Chilumpha said many trees are being planted but little is done in taking care of them.
He said imparting knowledge in the masses on tree management would help in increasing tree survival since they will be well taken care of.
“This tree planting programmes needs to be accompanied by other policy initiatives which government is undertaking, I think we need to have the forestry people assist us on how to take care of the trees, because not all of us are experts in tree care”, Chilumpha said.
In his remarks, senior chief Kadewere whilst expressing concern over increased deforestation in his area, has commended Dr Chilumpha for contributing financially towards the tree planting exercise.
Senior Chief said trees are planted annually in the area but only a few survive.
Kadewere said he has imposed by laws which are aimed at protecting forest products.
“This year, we have already imposed penalties to some people who were caught cutting down trees and we are hopeful that this will send a strong message to the villagers”, Kadewere said.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu East Joseph Nomale has commended helpline Malawi for planting 3000 trees in his constituency.
Nomale said the initiative is complimenting their efforts in environmental conservation as youths in the area formed youth clubs and some of them are running tree nurseries.
Nomale said they currently have about 40000 trees in the nurseries which are expected to be planted.
Helpline Malawi was established to enhance youth participation in various development activities in Malawi.