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Anglican Church set to plant 50, 000 trees

Written by  Elizabeth Mandala
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 Blantyre, January 12, 2019. Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi has organized a tree planting exercise to complement government efforts of restoring the country’s vegetative cover during the rainy season.

The event which targets to plant over 50,000 trees will take place on January 12, 2019 at South Lunzu Parish, Machinjiri in Blantyre.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday, Chairperson of the Warden Council, Barnabas Komakoma said just like any other community, the Anglican Church was also affected by effects of careless cutting down of trees, which, among other factors, has led to massive environmental degradation.

Komakoma confessed that most of the Anglican faithful were also contributing to the country’s high population growth rate and depended on trees for survival, hence the need for the exercise.

“The human body is adversely affected by so many factors which include poverty. The church is obliged to support government efforts to mitigate some of challenges facing the country by mobilizing its members to plant trees in all parishes and at household and community levels,” said Komakoma.

During the exercise, the church is expected to plant over 50 trees at the site and replant where seedlings have died in all places where trees were previously planted.

In an effort to sustain the survival of the planted trees, Komakoma said the church will hire some people to look after the trees regularly.\

Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Sangwani Phiri commended the Anglican Church for showing interest by taking a leading role in supporting government initiatives.

Phiri, however, urged other religious organizations to emulate the example set by the Anglican Church.

“Government is putting in so much effort in the tree planting exercise but it is up to other organizations and individuals to take part in sustaining the initiative and making sure that the exercise is effective,” Phiri added.

President Professor Peter Mutharika launched the 2018/2019 tree planting season on December 15 in Malingunde, Lilongwe with a set target of 60 million trees to be planted across the country by April 15, 2019.

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