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1 850 trees planted in Shurugwi 

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1 850 trees planted in Shurugwi 

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Alvina Chiwanika

MIRROR REPORTER

SHURUGWI–250 fruit trees including 1 600 other than trees were planted in Shurugwi in a bid to reverse the effects of deforestation in the mining district. 

Forestry Commission Board member Munashe Shoko said they are carrying out the project with First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa. 

He said they plan on planting 190 000 trees in the district by the end of the farming season. 

Shoko told The Mirror recently during a planting ceremony at Poshai Village that they are targeting semi desert areas. 

“The campaign is focusing on degraded areas. We have planted 1 850 trees including Gan’acha and other indigenous trees. As a province, we are targeting to plant a million trees and of that 190 000 trees will be planted in Shurugwi. Survival rate of the trees is 59 %. 

“Gokwe South has the highest deforestation rate while Gweru is leading in preserving trees. Climate change is upon us and the only way to mitigate its effects is by planting as many trees as we can,” said Shoko.

The campaign was led by Midlands Minister for Provincial Affairs Owen Ncube, Chief Banga. Villagers and other stakeholders also attended. 

Ncube urged everyone to take an active role in planting and preserving trees in their respective communities to mitigate climate change.

Chief Banga hailed the program and promised to work with community in preserving the trees. 

“The program has helped us restore our forest. I will work tirelessly with the community in preserving these trees,” said Chief Banga.

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