TNM, one of the country’s mobile phone providers, has led in efforts to turn Malawi green by planting 5 000 new tree seedlings worth K500 000 (about $1 250) in partnership with the department of forestry.
Speaking at a symbolic tree planting exercise in Chigumula, Blantyre last Friday, TNM district territory manager for Blantyre, David Nyirenda, said the company is passionate about creating environmental sustainability in Malawi through contributions towards reforestation efforts.
“Reversing deforestation means acting responsibly but swiftly in re-forestation efforts. As TNM, we remain firmly committed to addressing this challenge,” he said.
Nyirenda said Malawi has one of the highest rates of deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa which must be reversed if the country hopes to secure long-term supply of food and hydro-electricity.
In her remarks assistant regional forestry officer for the south responsible for extension, Sabina Manda, commended TNM for showing interest in conserving the environment.
“Companies should be in for front in assisting government in its efforts of conserving environment, as such we commend TNM for this support” she said.
This is the second consecutive year for TNM to plant trees in Chigumula. The company also planted 5 000 trees there during the 2013 tree planting season.