As one way of mitigating climate change in Nsanje, Press Trust on Tuesday led communities in the district to plant trees.
The tree planting exercise is one of the interventions to mitigate floods, which displaced thousands of people last year. The initiative was held under the theme Arrest Deforestation; Plant and Conserve Forests.
Speaking during the event, trustee of Press Trust George Kayambo urged people in the district to plant more trees to avoid floods.
He said: “You have seen that wanton cutting down of trees has caused soil erosion that leads to floods. If we plant more trees, issues of floods will be history.
“This is why we have launched this campaign to plant trees by donating 95 000 tree seedlings to Nsanje District, which will be planted in chiefs Nyamadzere, Watifodi and other areas here.”
Senior Chief Malemia while thanking Press Trust for the innitiative, said the district needs more support so that they plant more trees to mitigate against climate change effects such as floods and drought.
On his part, district forestry officer Kennedy Adamson said the district plans to plant over one million trees.
“Press Trust has contributed 13 percent of the trees we want to plant this year, which is a good figure. So far, several companies are coming forward to donate trees so that we plant more,” he said.