NEWS | ENVIRONMENT
By Ruth Lengani
National Bank of Malawi has recently partnered with Malawi Defense Forces (MDF) to conserve the environment by planting trees at Moyale Barracks in Mzuzu city.
The tree-planting initiative that took place on Saturday saw more than 3000 tree seedlings planted in the area, which was a major boost in curbing deforestation in the city.
National Bank Service Center Manager for Mzuzu Erick Munthali said due to the rapid increase of population and unnecessary cutting down of trees they decided to engage the soldiers to plant trees.
“This year’s tree planting season, we expect to plant 100,000 tree seedlings across the country so am glad that today we have managed to plant these seedlings here at Moyale barracks, He said.
Also, Munthali underscored that the country is in dire need of trees hence it’s the duty-bound of every citizen to help Government in the project and he urges various stakeholders to come in with modern ways of supporting the initiative.
“Malawi is one country that has been affected by climate change, so we have to put in consideration that trees plant annually should tally with a number of the tree we cut down. Otherwise, we have to balance the equation”, he said.
On his part, Moyale Barracks Commanding Officer who was guest of honour Major Raphael M’bobo expressed gratitude for the gesture which National Bank of Malawi has done.
“Let’s guard generously our environment and help in avoiding environmental degradation. It has been a wonderful and exciting day to see our friends, National bank of Malawi to plant the such number of tree seedlings which will help to bring back trees we lost in this area He said.
Mbobo also added that soldiers job rely much upon the afforested area to conduct military pieces of training, and the initiative will curb the deforestation challenge.
The bank has been partnering with Malawi Defense Forces for over two years.