By Owen Nyaka:.
In an effort to fight wanton cutting down of trees and charcoal burning surrounding Thumba Forest, Multiconsult Africa has been equipping youths of Chagunda, traditional authority Kambwiri in Salima with skills that can empower them economically.
Multiconsult Africa in partnership with National Youth Network on Climate Change (NYNCC) and Green Vision Empowerment Organization (GREVEO) with support from Tauw Foundation in Netherlands has been implementing a project called, ‘Conserve with Benefit’.
Speaking during tree planting exercise at Chagunda youth club forest, Team Leader of Conserve with Benefit project, Collins Mittochi advised the youth to take good care of the trees as they will help them in many ways in future.
“We are supporting the youths of this area to venture into beekeeping where these youths have been already provided with modern beehive(Lang troth Beehive) and a honey processing and packaging facility that will enable the youth group to produce and supply honey on the market.
“This tree planting exercise therefore will supplement the beehive production in near future because we know that one day these trees would grown into a forest where beekeeping shall be done,” says Mittochi.
Youths of Chagunda are also venturing into mushroom production.
Group Village Head Chagunda and GREVEO Program Coordinator Ivy Thole urged the youth to take a full responsibility towards conserving the environment through planting of trees as this helps to deal with issues concerning climate change in Malawi.
District Forest Officer Butawo was in attendance and took part in educating the youth on how to plant tree’s.