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FDH Bank, NASFAM in green schools campaign initiative

Written by  Louis Kumchima

Balaka, February 8, 2018: In an effort to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change in Balaka, FDH Bank and National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) are jointly implementing a Green School Campaign Initiative.

The initiative, popularly called 'Dziko lathu, Nthaka yathu' is a programme that seeks to promote afforestation activities and establishment of orchards in various public schools in 22 districts across the country. 

In Balaka, the project, which will run for five years, is targeting 12 schools and 2500 tree seedlings will be planted at each school this year.

Speaking on Tuesday at Khwisa Primary School in Balaka, Managing Director for FDH Bank, Eric Quattara pledged the bank’s support towards conserving the environment through planting of trees in schools for the development of the country.

“Effects of climate change have been aggravated by lack of green cover on the soil and this has, in turn, affected agricultural activities which are the backbone of our economy.

“This is a great concern to government, private institutions and Non Governmental Organizations (NGO),” said Quattara.

He added: “As a banking institution, we are an engine that drives the economy of the country and at the same time feel that we have a social responsibility to protect the environment.”

Speaking earlier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for NASFAM, Dr Betty Chinyamunyamu said schools are major players to achieve the organisation’s goals.

“We started working with schools two years ago in this initiative; and we are proud to announce that the survival rate of the trees we planted is almost 90 per cent which is quite encouraging,” he said, describing the situation a clear manifestation that schools were worth targeting.

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