Chirumanzu – Government has chosen the baobab tree known as umkhomo in Ndebele, mubuyu in Tonga and muuyu in Shona as the tree for this year’s tree planting day because of its various benefits to the people.
The whole country will therefore be planting the baobab this week on the first Saturday of December of as is per the tradition.
The First Lady, Auxilia Mnangagwa said this during a meeting at Gangarabwe Primary school in Chiramanzu.
This year’s theme is, “Fruit trees for food security and nutrition.”
The First Lady who is the patron for the environment, tourism and hospitality industry, encouraged the planting of trees to be a culture that should be passed on and embraced by children and future generations.
She detailed the uses of the baobab tree.
“The bark makes excellent ropes, bags, hats and floor mats which is a business opportunity for women to help meet the costs of running homes despite an economic climate worsened by successive droughts and the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Baobab bark produces a semi- fluid gum used to treat sores while the fruit pulp is used to make beverages high in Vitamin C and its leaves can be used as relish and can be dried and stored as umfushwa.
“The flowers can be eaten raw or used to flavour drinks while the seeds produce oil that has wide application in beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry and are a potential source of protein.
“The dried roots are believed to be a remedy for malaria and that the fruits are a source of income as they are collected and sold by local communities to those who consume the fruit pulp or process it into various value-added products,” said Mnangagwa. https://masvingomirror.com