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T/A Wansambo planting a tree T/A Wansambo planting a tree Image taken by Nobert MZEMBE

Agriculturists Advice Malawians To Plant More Trees

Written by  Written By Norbert MZEMBE Mar 01, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development through the Land Resources Conservation department has initiated the establishment of a National Agro forestry month.

 This is a means to address land degradation which is significantly contributing to low agricultural production.

According to agriculturists, agro forestry is one of the climate smart agricultural practices which, among others, help to build farmers resilience to adverse effects of climate change.

It is for this reason that the Ministry through Karonga Agriculture Development Division (KRADD) has launched a tree planting exercise at Chilumba in the northern border district.

The KRADD Program manager, Wellington Phewa, said the exercise is very crucial in combating the impacts of climate change in the country particularly in Karonga district where almost every year most farmers are being hit by either  heavy rains or drought due to destruction of natural resources like trees.

"If we don't bring back the trees that we are losing, we are likely going to lose soil nutrients which will result into poor harvest," he said.

In total, 336 trees out of 8000 have been planted at Ponda primary school and Mtema at Vinthukuti in the area of Senior Group Village Headman Mwaungulu at Chilumba in the district.

The program manager, therefore, advised communities in Chilumba to take good care of the trees which have been planted to achieve their intended purpose of checking soil erosion and bring about rainfall.

Concurring with Phewa, speaking to capital FM in his capacity as a guest of honour, Traditional Authority Wasambo said the tree planting exercise will help a lot in replenishing nature especially the devastated Vinthukutu forest reserve.

Wasambo warned to deal with any of his subjects who will dare to cut down trees for charcoal burning or any other activity in the forests that are in his territory.

This year, the exercise took place under the theme, "Agroforestry for  Improved Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation."

 

Karonga is one of the districts in the northern region that have been highly hit by the effects of climate change emanating from wanton cutting down of trees and poor agricultural practices.

Last modified on Thursday, 02 March 2017 06:32

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