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CADECOM says bylaws crucial to protecting trees in Karonga

Written by  Leonard Masauli

Karonga, February 11, Mana: Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM) in Karonga says there is need for chiefs in the district to come up with punitive bylaws on loitering livestock which most of times destroy newly planted trees in the district.

During tree planting exercise at Ndomomo Primary school in Paramount Chief Kyungu on Monday, CACDECOM’s project officer, Elijah Banda said it was sad to note that tree survival remained low due to loitering livestock  which destroys the trees.

Banda said there was need for chiefs to have punitive bylaws as a long lasting solution to protect newly planted trees in schools.

He said from what the communities say, tree survival rate is currently at 54 per cent, which he said was not impressive.

“The most serious challenge in Karonga is loitering livestock which go out on rampage destroying the newly planted trees.

“This is why we would like to request the local leaders to take an active role by instituting punitive bylaws to curb such malpractice so that trees are protected.

“As Karonga Diocese, through CADECOM, we are working with 32 primary schools in both Karonga and Chitipa in tree planting [activities] to improve our environment,” said Banda.

According to CADECOM’s project officer, the organisation supplies materials to the schools to help them prepare seedlings up to the time of planting.

He said this year (2019/20 season), the target is to plant 112,000 trees by March and so far, about 27,450 trees have been planted.

Deputy Head Teacher for Ndomomo Primary School, Eva Msiska commended CADECOM for supporting the exercise, saying the 340 trees planted this year at his school will help protect the school infrastructure from heavy winds.

Representative for Village Headman Kosam Ndomomo, Chitukuko Bwinga said bylaws were already in place and people whose livestock are found loitering around people’s fields are ordered to pay MK50, 000.

CADECOM is implementing an integrated rural development project for Karonga and Chitipa to the tune of MK290 million from Miserior of Germany until 2020.

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