Mchinji District Council chairperson Kennedy Chipanga on Friday asked non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to avoid duplication if they want to implement projects in the district.
He said NGOs wishing to implement projects in the district should inquire from the council on the suitable projects needed to avoid duplication.
Chipanga made the plea on the sidelines of the National Forestry launch organised by World Vision at Maliketi Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mavwere in Mchinji District.
He noticed that NGOs implemented similar projects in the same catchment area instead of taking the projects to where they were needed most.
Said Chipanga: “We ask NGOs to first come to the district council’s office to inquire which projects would have an impact in the area it is being implemented.”
Mchinji district commissioner(DC) Richard Hara commended NGOs, especially World Vision for showing interest to work in T/A Mavwere where they organised the tree- planting exercise.
He said: “Trees are very important. With climate change, we need to be radical in planting more trees in the district.”
Hara asked people in Mchinji to nurture the trees until they grew, saying there was a tendency to plant trees and abandon them.
President Peter Mutharika launched the 2015/16 National Forestry Season in Ntcheu. Up to 60 million trees are expected to be planted nationwide during this year’s tree- planting season.
Mutharika pleaded with Malawians to plant more trees and replenish forests, warning that neglecting the environment would wipe out human beings.