District in Borders Grappling With Deforestation

Kutsaira: Forest cover critical Kutsaira: Forest cover critical pic by Blessings Kang'ombe
With reports emerging that bordering districts are grappling with deforestation allegedly orchestrated by neighbouring communities, Minister of Natural, Energy and Mining says government will engage bordering country's aimed at finding lasting solutions to the malpractice.
Such districts include Ntcheu which borders with Mozambique.

Bintony Kutsaira told Zodiak Online Monday in Ntcheu during a tree planting exercise that it is worrisome their efforts to restore forest is being compromised. 

"Government is spending a lot money in managing and restoring forest cover in the country. However with reports of deforestation, we will soon begin holding talks with neighbouring countries on how to address the issue," he said.

Kutsaira said this will be done through a joint commission on security beside sensitizing communities on their role in protecting forest.  

Inkosi ya Makhosi Gomani V says he will engage chiefs in neighboring Mozambique and those under his jurisdiction to address the issue at hand.

During the 2019/2020 Tree Planting Season, Ntcheu district forest office it intends to plant over 1 million tree seedlings.

In the meantime, 1.6 % of the country's forest cover is being depleted annually.
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