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Low Tree Survival Cause for Worry

SALIMA: Forestry officials in Salima have expressed concern over increased destructive effects of climate change and low survival rate of trees planted during the past tree planting seasons.

Salima District Forestry Officer, Mr. Samuel Phiri, said this during the launch of this year’s tree planting season in the district.

Out of Four million trees planted in the last tree planting season, only 240, 000 trees survived in the district.

The 2011-2012 National tree planting season was launched on December 15 last year by president Bingu wa Mutharika in Zomba, and will be observed up to April 15th this year.

Meanwhile, all districts across the country are expected to launch the tree planting season in an effort to mitigate destructive effects of climate change Malawi is currently facing.

Speaking during the launch of this year’s season in Salima, District Forestry Officer for Salima, Mr. Samuel Phiri, expressed concern over low survival rate of trees planted in the last planting season saying the development is a cause for serious concerns over increased destructive effects of climate change faced by the country.

According to Mr. Phiri, the district planted about Four Million trees but only 240, 000 survived and attributed this to poor caring of the trees after planting.

He said unless people can take a good care of newly planted trees, disasters like annual foods, hail storms as well as dry spells can be easily mitigated in the district and across the country.

Speaking at the same function, Member of Parliament for Salima Central Constituency, Mr. Benjamin Mangira, concurred with Mr. Phiri adding that government is losing out a lot of money purchasing seedlings.

This year, Salima District alone is expected to plant Seven million trees and authorities have since urged communities in the district to take good care of the trees so as to achieve high survival rate and mitigate effects of climate change.

While sixty thousand trees are expected to be planted this year, Malawi is reportedly to have planted more than 360 million trees over the last seven years of which 240 thousand survived.

The district launch, took place under the theme “Planting trees with climate change in mind”—Zodiak Online

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