The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri has launched the Watsomba Agro Forestry Nursery which has the capacity to produce 3 million tree seedlings.

The development signalled the government’s commitment to the implementation of the Command Agro Forestry Programme, which is expected to buttress the Command Agriculture Programme and ensure food security and nutrition in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the Watsomba Agro Forestry Nursery, which also coincided with the International Day of Forests commemorations in Mutasa district, Cde Muchinguri Kashiri said the programme, just like the command agriculture will be supported by the government.

“Participating farmers will be identified to produce fruit tree seedlings as part of the inputs scheme,” she said.

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Country Representative, Dr David Chimimba Phiri said about 900 million people in developing countries are employed in the wood energy sector.

Forestry Commission Acting General Manager, Mr Abedinico Marufu said the Watsomba Agro Forestry Nursery has the capacity to produce three million fruit tree seedlings.

FAO has been instrumental in producing tree seedlings at Watsomba for the out grower scheme in Mutasa district.

The one hectare Watsomba Agro Forestry Nursery has the capacity to produce 10 million tree seedlings as well as empowering communities and providing employment creation.