Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume: "This area was once covered with trees, but due to careless cutting down of trees, it is now deserted; hence, this funtion will make a great impact to the area in the near future. Let us take care of these trees up until they grow".
The AHL Group donated 4,000 fruit trees to Rukali Primary School. In this context Group Village Headman Baghaya Mhango pointed out the responsibility of the goverment for taking care of the Malawians faced hunger.
Malawi Lake Basin Programme (MLBP) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officer Mwabi Sichinga: "Malawi Lake Basin works in collaboration with the Department of Forestry to ensure that more trees survive. For example, last year about 1,2 million trees were planted and slightly above one million trees survived".
MLBP "plans to plant about one million trees of complementing goverment`s efforts in arresting deforestation and mitigate the effects of climate change".
Blantyre City residents on Saturday planted 1600 trees in Mudi catchment area in an attempt to bring back the glory of Blantyre Water Board (BWB) Mudi Dam. The trees were jointly planted by BWB officials, Ndirande community, Friends of Chinyonga, Association of Environmental journalists, Mbaula Nertwork, Youth in Action, Ecobank, among many others.
Division Manager of the South West Education Division Henry Gwede: "The planting is just the first stop. These trees have to taken care of. They [planters] have to clear the bus around the trees and water them when rains do not come".
Musicans Union of Malawi (Mum) Southern Chapter chairperson Papa Mtume: "The vice has culminated in climate change, soil erosion and floods. As artists, we devised a way to reduce the impact of climate change by planting 1 000 trees. The trees might not benefit us but future generations".
"About 100 artists will take part in the exercise."