tree planting.jpgThe Zimbabwe Forestry Commission says more than 3million trees have so far been planted throughout the country against a national target of 5 million trees by April this year.

Since the national tree planting programme was launched in October last year, Mashonaland East and Central are topping the list having planted more than 600 000 trees each.

Manicaland has planted 593 837, Bulawayo 187 640 and the two Matabeleland provinces having 101 349.

In an interview, Forestry Commission Communications Officer, Mr. Abedinigo Marufu said the Forestry Commission in partnership with EMA and Agritex officials, are making follow-ups on the planted trees and appealed to Zimbabweans to safeguard the planted trees from fire, wind and root-infecting pathogens.

Some non-governmental organisations have also joined in the national tree planting programme with Magarabha Help the Nation Trust from Warren Park planting more than 5 000 trees.

However, Magarabha Trust Director, Mr. Victor George Kadye said lack of transport is hampering the programme.

Environmentalists and foresters believe that the project can only yield the desired goals if proper care is given to the planted trees which includes protection against termites, livestock, moisture stress and fire during the dry season.