Chembe steps-up tree planting
Chembe, February 25, 2014, ZANIS ——— The Forestry department
in Chembe District of Luapula Province has set aside 700 seedlings of
different species for the tree planting exercise.
Disclosing the development in Chembe today, Forestry Department Senior
Technician Anthony Musonda says preservation of trees has significantly benefited the
environment the world over.
Mr. Musonda who was speaking during the District Tree Planting
exercise at Chembe Secondary School said the exercise was
a national programme that is aimed at increasing forestation.
ZANIS reports that Mr Musonda has since appealed to Heads of schools
in the district, through the District Education Board Secretary (DEBS)
to revamp clubs like Chongololo where pupils are educated and
enlightened on matters affecting the environment.
And Chembe District Commissioner Simon Lwando has observed that the
forest resource in the district is under intense pressure due to the
growing demand for forest products and other causes of deforestation.
Mr Lwando sited wild fires, charcoal production, unsustainable harvesting methods
caterpillars and bad farming practices like the chitemene.
Mr Lwando has cautioned members of the public against deforestation if
they were to enjoy the benefits of preserving forests in future generations.
The District Commissioner said this in a speech read for him by the
District Administrative Officer (DAO) Godwin Katakwe.
He said the new government policy on forestation is aimed at
increasing the country’s forest cover and simultaneously meet the
growing local needs for both wood and non-wood forestry products.
Meanwhile, Chembe District Education Board Secretary Martin
Chituma has pointed out that trees represent a vast reservoir of
genetic resources and bio-diversity while providing habitation for
In a speech ready for him by Education Standard Officer Godfrey
Chungu, Mr Chituma advised school authorities that had received the plants to
look after them and ensure that the surroundings are conducive for the
growth of the plants.
Chembe district has 18 schools out of which 13 attended the
tree planting exercise where each school was given over 30
seedlings to plant in their respective schools.