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Tree Planting Ceremony at Ndubulula Primary

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources  hosted a Tree Planting Ceremony at Ndubulula Primary School in Rufunsa District, Lusaka Province under the theme “Plant trees to grow the economy sustainably”

The occasion was  graced by her Honour the Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, Mrs Inonge Wina.

 Vice President Mrs. Inonge Wina has emphasized the importance of planting trees as they contribute to the economy of the nation. She said this during the 2017/2018 National Tree Planting Ceremony  held in Rufunsa District at Ndubulula Primary school.

Mrs. Wina said, this year’s tree planting theme which is “Plant trees to grow the economy sustainably”, is in line with the seventh National Development Plan whose theme is “Accelerating development efforts towards the vision 2030 without leaving anyone behind”.

“Government recognizes the importance of tress, particularly their contribution to the National Gross Domestic Product {GDP} and reduction of climate change impacts. We are therefore putting in place a number of measures to control the over-exploitation of valuable timber spices such as Muzauli, Mulome and Mukusi anong others.”

The vice president has invited the private, public and community-bases stakeholders to partner with the Government in ensuring the successful implementation of the National Tree Planting program which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

She has also called upon the private sector to invest in forest related products, “I wish to take this opportunity to call upon private sector to seriously consider investing in the forest sector taking lessons from companies such as Nokia in Finland which started as a forest company before diversifying into telecommunications industry.”

She further expressed her disappointment in the illegal harvesting and trade of the Mukula tree and other valuable tree spices, and that in the latest integrated land use assessment report indicates that Zambia is losing two hundred seventy-six thousand  and twenty-one {276021} hectares of land per year.

Meanwhile, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ms Jean Kapata called for financial support to the Forestry Department.

#Participate, Plant trees ,Mitigate Climate and Grow the Economy

                                      

 

 

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