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Communities urged to take an active role in tree planting

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Communities urged to take an active role in tree planting

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THE Seke Community has been urged to take an active role in planting trees.

This was the message from the patron of Environment and Tourism the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa who was represented by Mashonaland East Minister of State and Provincial Affairs, Senator Aplonia Munzverengwi on the Pre-National Tree Planting Day Commemorations held at Chirimamhunga Secondary School in Seke District this Friday.

Representing the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa at the Pre-National Tree Planting Day Commemorations at Chirimamhunga Secondary School in Seke District, Senator Aplonia Munzverengwi urged people in Seke to take an active role in planting trees in their respective communities.

“As a patron for the environment, I am personally committed to leading the nation in this National Tree Planting Day Commemoration campaign.

“I, therefore, urge leadership in all sectors of society to demonstrate this environmental stewardship so that the whole nation appreciates the value and the need to work together and remind our citizens to develop forest resources through tree planting and widen the livelihood base for both rural and urban citizens. I want to implore all communities to make sure that their areas have been reforested and the trees conserved or sustainably managed.”

Stakeholders who spoke at the event thanked the First Lady for championing the planting of trees in light of the harsh effects of climate change.

“On behalf of the Seke Community, I want to thank the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa for bringing the Pre-National Tree Planting Day activities to Chirimamhunga here in Seke. On that note I would like to appeal to the listening government to drill two boreholes for the school and the community,” said Chief Seke.

“As Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe, we thank our patron for her sterling efforts in the National Tree Planting Season. Planting trees is one way of mitigating the effects of climate change. Our patron has been to several provinces spearheading this program and Mashonaland East is the fifth province to hold the 2023 Pre-National Tree Planting Day Commemorations,” said Mr Steven Zingwena from the Commission.

A total of 250 fruit trees were planted to mark the occasion of the Pre-National Tree Planting Day at Chirimamhunga Secondary School.

The event was held under the theme ‘Trees and Forests for Ecosystem Restoration and Improved livelihoods.”

The National Tree Planting Day Celebrations are set to be led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the 2nd of December.