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60 million trees expected to be planted in 2019

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The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining says over 60 million trees are expected to be planted during this year’s tree-planting season.

File Footage: Communities plant trees during last year's exercise File Footage: Communities plant trees during last year's exercise

His Excellency the President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika launched the 2018/2019 national forestry season at Malingunde in Lilongwe recently, where he called on all stakeholders to take a leading role in conserving and protecting the environment.

Speaking to MBC, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Sangwani Phiri said district youth offices across the country are in the processes of identifying youth groups to take part in the exercise.

“Most areas of the country have registered good rains and this has enabled the process of the tree planting exercise to go on well. Groups and organisations continue to show great interest in planting trees,” said Phiri.

He commended people, both in urban and rural areas, who are taking interest in keeping Malawi green and applauded Young Achievers abd people of Chiuzi Village, Traditional Authority Chimutu in Lilongwe who will embark on an exercise of planting 5000 trees in the area.

“For many years, we have been hit by massive impact of deforestation therefore as a Ministry and a country, we will continue to engage the youth, who constitute a greater part of our population, to help in planting and conserving trees,” said Phiri.

During the 2018/2019 tree planting season, the country is expected to plant 60 million trees and monitor the tree survival rate at the end of the year.

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