francis nhema 08-11-10 ed.jpgZimbabweans have been urged to take advantage of the wet spells during this rainy season to plant trees as they are essential in the survival of humans and animals.

This was said by Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister, Cde Francis Nhema at a tree planting ceremony in Harare.

The call for local people in all the provinces to plant as many trees as they can is expected to result in re-greening Zimbabwe to reduce the effects of climate change.

Cde Nhema, who was the Guest of Honour at a tree planting ceremony held at Haig Park School in Harare, said people should utilise the rainy season by planting trees ahead of the National Tree Planting Day to be held on the first Saturday of December.

“We expect to plant one million trees by the first week of next month. We must green our nation and reduce the effects of climate change,” said CdeNhema. 

Forestry Commission Information and Communication Manager, Mr Abednego Marufu said people should continue planting trees as they are critical for the survival of humankind.

“People, especially the tobacco farmers should plant trees to avoid desertification. Trees are part of our lives we cannot survive without them,” said Mr Marufu.

This year’s national tree planting day will be held under the theme “A tree today, a forest tomorrow”.

The theme is meant to remind people that if everyone takes part in tree planting, it will help rebuild the country’s forests which are being lost at the rate of 320 000 hectares every  year.