Puma energy has underscored the need for the country to find alternative sources of energy which can replace charcoal.
Executive director for the company, Dr Davies Lanjesi made the call on Saturday after planting 6000 trees alongside Blantyre Press Club (BPC) in the area of Senior Chief Kunthembwe in Blantyre
“It is no secret that the droughts, power outages are effects of charcoal burning so I would like to urge charcoal burners to plant at least five trees after cutting one,” he said.
Lanjesi also called upon the media to relay messages on the importance of using gas among other sources of energy so that the country preserves forests.
“It is hightime Malawi explored other sources of energy, and one viable option could be gas despite that it is costly.”
In his remarks President for Blantyre press club Blessings Kanache said, they are complementing government’s efforts of afforestation areas along Shire River.
“We need to ensure that the catchment area has enough trees which will contribute to good rains.”
“This area is infamous for charcoal burning and this year’s dry spell has not spared people from this side,” Kanache said.
Senior Chief Kunthembe hailed Puma energy and BPC for planting trees in his area.
“This is a welcome development and will advise my people to ensure that they take care of these trees very well.”