Alliance One Tobacco Malawi Limited on Friday led people of Traditional Authority (T/A) Santhe in Kasungu in tree planting exercise.
At least one million trees were planted at the company’s Khola Farm in the district.
Alliance One forestry controller Martin Nyirenda urged people in the district to emulate the practice of planting trees every year.
Nyirenda said: “Alliance One is very committed to take part in bringing back trees in the country. We are also committed to addressing climate change effects, and through our tree planting exercise, we are not only interested to create a sustainable reforestation programme, but also to address the environmental issues facing the country.
In total, the company has planted 6 290 600 tree seedlings on 2 130 hectares on government plantations, its commercial farms as well as smallholder farms this year.
One of the members of the surrounding community, Memory Kambanga, said she has learnt a lot from Alliance One on reforestation.
“I am inspired by this company’s efforts on reforestation. This has motivated me to plant my own trees. This year I have planted 143 trees,” she said.
Alliance Once Malawi is engaging in the reforestation programme in collaboration with one of its customers, the Imperial Tobacco Group. n