Traditional leaders in Ntchisi have enacted by-laws aimed at eliminating the careless cutting down of trees that is leading to deforestation.
This was revealed on Friday at Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthondo headquarters in the district when Training Support for Partners (TSP) conducted an awareness meeting on sustainable management of natural resources.
Senior Chief Nthondo said the by-laws seek to end deforestation in Cheka Forest Reserve and other surrounding forests in the district.
He said those found contravening the law will be fined K25 000 or two goats.
“We are happy with the initiative TSP has made. We expect the community to grow in the wisdom of valuing trees as a basic component of their lives. We promise to protect forest reserves in our area and trees that have already been planted,’’ he said.
T/A Nthondo commended TSP for the awareness meeting, saying this will help the community not to cut down trees carelessly.
TSP project officer Mighty Felemu said the community should value trees which he said, manufacture oxygen and provide fruits.
“Most often people wantonly cut trees for firewood and charcoal just because they don’t know their other value. However, our organisation has committed itself to involve community and primary school pupils so that they should be able to plant and protect trees,’’ said Felemu.
He said participation of community and the youth in protecting forest reserve is a stepping stone towards the restoration of nature. n