By Sarah Mlozoa
Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani has urged people in Zomba district to take part in this year`s forestry season as one way of fighting climate change.
Botomani made the call at the launch of Zomba District Forestry Season at Chingondo village in the area of Traditional Authority Mwambo.
“This is very important as we are currently straggling with issues of climate change one of the ways to address issues of climate change is planting trees in the communities that we are living,” he said.
Botomani further said everyone has the responsibility of making sure that the seedlings are taken care of.
“Yes we have planted the trees it`s your responsibility as community members to make sure that the trees are taken care of,” he said.
Zomba District Forestry Officer Amoni kabango said they have a target of planting 3,5 million trees across the district.
Kabango said they will also embark on civic educating the communities on how best they can manage the trees.
He disclosed that about 85% of the trees that were planted in 2018/2019 forestry season in the district survived.
Kabango said this year they have put forward some strategies that will raise the survival rate of the trees.
The theme of the launch is “Trees and forests for transformed landscapes and livelihoods”.