Farmers in Mashonaland Central Province have been challenged to establish vibrant orchards at their farmers in commemoration of the tree planting day.
Zimbabwe has set aside the first Saturday of December as the start of the tree planting season with this year’s focus on fruit trees.
Addressing stakeholders at the provincial tree planting day in Concession, Forestry Commission Provincial Manager, Ms Alice Tafirei said turning farms in orchards brings value to the farm, hence the need for farmers to consider that this agricultural season.
The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs, Advocate Martin Dinha said planting trees is vital practice in afforestation, agro-forestry and conservation programmes, which impact positively on the environment.
Tobacco farmers have been at the centre of storm regarding deforestation in farming communities of the country, hence calls to extensively plant trees.
Mashonaland East Province
In a bid to fight deforestation in Zimbabwe’s forests, an Environmental management youth club joined the rest of the nation in commemoration of the tree planting day held at Goromonzi High School today.
The commemorations seek to motivate the nation to plant and conserve trees, enlighten the nation on the importance of forests and woodland resources, and to enhance household food security.
The Environmental Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe Chairperson, Mr Dombo Chibanda commended the youths for forming clubs to take care of the environment.
Goromonzi High School Deputy Headmaster, Mr Alec Mapuranga and George Chihoza, President of the of the Environmental Youth Management Club said trees offer so many benefits, hence the need to develop the tree planting culture at an early age.
This year’s commemorations were held under the theme: ‘Fruit Trees for Food Security and Nutrition,’ and this season’s tree is called Mimusops Zeyheri, umbumbulu in Ndebele and Muchechete in Shona.