Careless cutting down of trees worry MP

By Samuel Phiri:

Member of Parliament (MP) for Kasungu Central, Ken Kandodo has said growing tobacco others has led to carelessly cutting down of trees causing deforestation in Kasungu district.

Speaking on Monday during an introduction of a tree planting exercise in his Constituency, Kandodo, who is Minister of Labour said, “Careless cutting down of trees has led to climate change not only in Kasungu as a district but Malawi at large, that is why the government is in the forefront making sure that the environment was being reinstalled through tree planting.”

He said he has introduced the tree planting programme which would help to reinstall the environment in the district.

“Our President launched the programme last year in December and every Member of Parliament was encouraged to plant over 2,000 trees in his or her constituency. We have planted 2000 tree seedlings for a start,” the MP said.

Kandodo urged communities to take care of the trees being planted so that the vision could be achieved and that communities would be empowered through loans so that people have something to do other than destroying the environment.

“If we just plant without looking after them it means all the energy and resources have been waisted, but let us make sure that we are protecting theplanted seedlings,” the Minister pointed out.

He added: “Let us all join hands in protecting our environment; since Malawi is an Agro-based economy therefore we need good environment to support our agricultural system.”

Senior Chief Mwase agreed that Kasungu was one of the major tobacco growing districts and that it has faced overwhelming deforestation causing climate change.

“We are happy to see our honorable minister coming here to demonstrate to us that we need to plant trees so that we protect the environment we are living in,” he said.

Mwase requested government to provide them with more seedlings and help them extend their dam so that they could develop their community and surroundings.

Kasungu as a district has planned to plant 3.5 million trees this year.

This year’s Tree planting exercise was launched in Nkhata-bay on December 16 2020 by President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

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