tree planting.jpgThe Forestry Commission says over 2,5 million trees have been planted countrywide so far, ahead of the target of planting 5 million trees by end of April this year.


Mr Marufu paid tribute to Mashonaland East Province, which has planted over 400 000 trees and Mashonaland West Province, which planted over 300 000 trees.

He also commended Matabeleland North and South Provinces for planting 83 000 and 75 000 trees respectively, saying it is a remarkable achievement as the provinces receive low rainfall.

Mr Marufu noted that various stakeholders have contributed positively to the tree planting programme and called for their continued support.

The tree planting season starts in October and ends in April to take advantage of the rainy season.

Zimbabwe is losing over 300 000 hectares of forests, hence the campaign by the Forestry Commission to replace trees that have been cut.