By Aamon Butao
About 56 million trees have been planted during the 2020/2021 national forestry season, representing 93%.
Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo said this during a media briefing held on Thursday in Lilongwe during the official closing of 2020/2021 national forestry season.
“Despite missing the target of 60 Million trees, the current figure is encouraging considering prevailing challenges brought by Covid-19.” Tembo said.
The Minister called for collaborative effort in management of the newly planted trees and already established forests.
“I wouldlike to thank all stakeholders including the private sector and nongovernmental organizations for taking part in the national forestry season.” said Tembo.
The 2020/2021 national forestry season was launched by President Lazarus Chakwera on December 16, 2020 in Nkhatabay district ended on April 15, 2021.