The 300 million contract is aimed at protecting and improving an estimated 150 acres of Mahomanyika forest in Nyika village within the region and all hills surrounding the city, this being part of the implementation of the Vice President, Samia Suluhu’s order to make the city green.
Speaking before signing of the agreement in Dodoma, City Council director, Godwin Kunambi said, in addition to the government efforts to improve the city, residents will also play their part by planting trees in their places which will help in preserving the environment.
Kunambi said the Mahomanyika forest with the length of 150 acres will be improved and protected by TFS as the agency plans to plant natural trees like acacia that will easily cope with the land and climate.
He also called on TFS to support by improving all hills surrounding Dodoma and catchment areas such as Mkalama Dam, Zuzu and Hombolo dams which shall be used as tourism attractions.
“I plead with TFS to help us in improving 60 meters from catchment areas which will be one of the attractive areas if it will be well improved,” Kunambi requested.
Director Kunambi added that the government launched a tree planting campaign in Dodoma at Makutopola and around the University of Dodoma but they have been affected by bad weather.
Kunambi directed home owners in Dodoma to ensure they plant trees in order to maintain a beautiful city.
TSF chief executive, Prof Dos Santos Silayo said the whole process of improving and maintaining Mahomanyika forest of 150 acres will cost 300M.
Alexander Kabado, assistant forest officer Dodoma city council said the 90 percent of the 2000-acre Mahomanyika forest is covered by natural tree and the rest is artificial forest.
Kabado said human activities such as grazing, charcoal burning, cutting down trees for agricultural activities and conflict among the government and residence were posing serious threats to forest conservation.