Rungwe district to produce 1.6 million tree seedlings

15Oct 2021
The Guardian
Rungwe district to produce 1.6 million tree seedlings

​​​​​​​RUNGWE District in Mbeya Region in collaboration with various stakeholders is set to produce more than 1.6 million tree seedlings for timber, fruits, and shade to fight the effects of climate change and conserve the district’s environment.

This was revealed on Tuesday by the District’s Natural Resources Officer, Castor Makeula speaking to this paper during the planting exercise of the seedlings at Bulyaga ward in Tukuyu town.

Makeula said the seedlings will be distributed for free to the people including the public and private sectors for economic activities via timber and fruits trade.

He said as for now, they continue to produce the seedlings and by January 22 next year they will start distributing them to the people in collaboration with extension officers from all wards in the district.

Some people interviewed said it was a good thing as the seedlings to be given for free will supplement efforts in environmental conservation for current and future generations.

Mary Mwangupili from Ilolo village said for a long time they have been receiving tree seedlings for timber and fruit from district officials from which they have begun reaping profits.

She thanked the government and advised it to increase efforts towards the protection of the water source of Kilasi River to prevent it from drying up.