DHL Sets Aside 100, 000 Euros for Afforestation
An international courier company, DHL says it has set aside 100, 000 Euros which is equivalent to K120 million for the tree planting activity this year targeting the southern part of Malawi.
DHL Managing Director Victor Sitima speaking on Thursday in Mulanje during the tree planting exercise said they are expecting to plant 9000 trees, 3000 bamboos and 15 tons of vetiver grass.
“By planting trees, we believe that we are giving back to the community we work and we are taking part in mitigating the impact of climate change that has negatively affected our partners in agriculture sector like tea growing companies that are Lujeri and Eastern Produce Malawi (EPM) Limited,” said Sitima.
In this activity, DHL has partnered with a South African organization- GreenPop and one of its directors Misha Teasdale said unless citizens have no source of income, they will continue destroying the country’s natural resources.
“Malawi has many drivers that are causing deforestation like charcoal production, encroachment for farming and wood for furniture but if people are empowered economically they will shift their attention from forest reserves besides alternative sources of energy have to be made available and accessible by every citizen,” said Teasdale.
Senior Chief Nkanda reminded her subordinates to take care of the planted trees and ensure that they grow to their full potential.
According to the District Forestry Office in Mulanje, over two million trees are expected to be planted in the district this forestry season.