Tree planting will reduce encroachment – Kalulushi DC

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—–Kalulushi District Commissioner, Kampamba Mulenga, says the planting of trees in some schools in the district will reduce issues of encroachment in the area.

Ms Mulenga said this in Kalulushi today during the presentation of eucalyptus trees by Copperbelt Forestry Company (CFC) for the 56 government Schools in the district.

She said the donation of trees by CFC would reduce the challenge of encroachment by some schools.

The DC said government alone would not manage to put fences in all the schools, but with the help of stakeholders there would be development in the area.

Ms Mulenga further assured the company that the seedlings would be put to good use as she would be monitoring the schools.

Speaking earlier, CFC Human Resource and Industrial Relations Manager, Lloyd Siwite, said his company as a stakeholder in the forestry industry was duty-bound as part of its social and corporate responsibility.

Mr Siwite said CFC was participating in the nation-wide tree planting exercise which was aimed at addressing critical issues of indiscriminate cutting of trees for various reasons which had resulted in deforestation and global warming.

He noted that tree planting had the potential to effectively address the effects of deforestation and global warming if well implemented.

He urged school administrators to take keen interest and ensure the trees were planted and well-looked after in a sustainable manner.

Mr Siwite said the 4,000 trees donated would not be enough to meet the required demand, but it was the company’s belief that it would go a long way in resolving future timber requirements in the country and on the Copperbelt in particular.

In a vote of thanks, Chibuluma Primary School head teacher, Linos Haangale, said the donation of trees by CFC had come at the right time as it was a rainy season.

Mr Haanhale said the idea would reduce the deforestation which had contributed heavily to the depletion of the ozone layer.

He noted that the importance of re-foresting forests was that it would contribute to the provision of enough oxygen and also maintain school boundaries.