Zim@40: Bindura targets planting 12 800 trees

By ZBC Reporter
COMMUNITIES in Mashonaland Central have been urged to plant more trees under the Zim @ 40 initiative to curb the high rate of deforestation.
Only 3 000 hectares of trees are being planted against a deforestation rate of 40 000 hectares per year in Mashonaland Central province.
Speaking at the Zim @40 tree planting programme in Bindura, Deputy Director in the Minister of State’s Office Addmore Shereni challenged the community to plant more trees.
“There is need for us to replace the trees that we are cutting down. Planting of trees must cascade to each household,” said Mr Shereni.
Bindura District Forestry Extension Officer Peter Mukonya said the initiative is meant to increase participation in tree planting.
“In light of climate change and depletion of forests we are engaging Senators, MPs and traditional leaders to mobilise their communities to plant 40 trees per individual. We aim to reach many people and widen their participation in tree planting,” said Mukonya.
6 600 trees have so far been planted in Bindura district against a target of 12 800 as part of the Zim@40 programme.
Deforestation gutted 37% of Zimbabwe’s forested land between 1990 and 2015, leaving 87,000 hectares, according to a 2015 report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation.