Blantyre Water Board (BWB) in collaboration with a number of organisations on Saturday planted trees in its Mudi Catchment Area in Blantyre.
The board, in conjunction with various stakeholders, has embarked on a restoration drive of its more than 600 hectares of the catchment area.
On Saturday, the water utility was joined by Mudi Sacco, Puma Energy, Blantyre Press Club, Ecobank, Green Corner Women Group and the communities surrounding the catchment area in a tree planting exercise.
Mudi Sacco general manager Triza Magreta Tsiga urged the communities to look after the planted trees.
“Planting a tree is one thing and seeing it grow is another. As Mudi Sacco, we work with communities and we have to join them in tree planting,” she said.
Puma Energy managing director Davis Lanjesi said their partnership with BWB and Blantyre Press Club will enable them to plant more trees.
“So far, we have planted trees in Blantyre, Zomba, Machinga, Lilongwe [Dzalanyama], Liwonde and Nkhata Bay [districts] to ensure bare ground is covered with green vegetation as we aim to restore forests and minimise siltation,” he said.
BWB board chairperson James Naphambo applauded all the stakeholders for taking part in the restoration of Mudi Catchment Area.
“These trees will, therefore, assist the area to have enough vegetation cover and conserve water for us to supply to people of Blantyre,” he said.
Blantyre Press Club president Blessings Kanache said, in collaboration with Puma Energy, they intend to plant one million trees nationwide. n