Local Gospel Artist, Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera, has urged Malawians to continue planting trees despite rainy season heading to an end.
Chakwera made this call at Mkwichi Secondary School in Lilongwe when she joined tree planting exercise that was organised by Lilongwe based youth organisation, MUPACHO.
She said the upcoming dry season should not be an excuse for people to stop planting and taking care of trees while water for irrigation is available.
“My message to the youth is that they need to take care of their environment, I actually spoke to students and told them the importance of planting more trees. I discovered that during the dry season most people stop planting and taking care of trees but I don’t think there’s an actual period for this exercise we can still irrigate your trees during dry seasons,” she said.
Programs Director for the Organisation, Philmon Kuipa Phiri, said they started the tree planting exercise under the theme HEALING OUR ENVIRONMENT to assist government efforts of restoring the environment which has been degraded.
Kuipa further vowed to continue with the exercise until they fulfill their target of planting six hundred before the rainy season ends.
“As responsible citizens we thought of contributing to government efforts in planting trees, because as you are aware our environment has been degraded so it is time for us to heal our environment. Due to this, we started a project which we are calling ‘healing our environment’ and part of process is planting trees in secondary schools that is our major focus.”
“I think the kind of approach we used here is at least one tree per student so that a student can take care of their particular tree until they finish Secondary school education.”
“Our well wishers gave us over 600 trees and here we brought about 100 trees and we will be going to other secondary schools across the country,” said Kuipa.
On her remarks Head Teacher for Mkwichi Secondary School, Mrs. Besta Kabula, hailed Mupacho for the exercise saying will be vital for the environment and people around the school.
She further promised to create measures of protecting the trees from being damaged at a tender stage.
By Erik Chiputula