TC Chief Executive Officer Dr Joseph Chidanti-Malunga has challenged communities in which the industry regulator has planted trees to assume the responsibility to ensure high survival rate.
Speaking after planting trees in the area of Traditional Authority Kayembe in Dowa, Central Malawi on Saturday, Dr Chidanti-Malunga said everyone in the community needed to play a role in taking care of the trees which he said are ‘a critical element in environmental protection’.
TC on Saturday planted 15,000 trees at four selected sites in the three regions of the country – Dowa and Kasungu in the centre, Zomba in the south and Rumphi in the north.
“Environmental issues are one of the critical components of the Malawi 2063, the country’s development aspirations. We want to join the efforts aimed at protecting the environment as part of the pursuit of that national agenda,” said Dr Chidanti-Malunga.”
We will be monitoring how we are taking care of the trees. Come this time next year, we will be rewarding the community that scores higher than the other three communities in terms of ensuring the survival of the planted trees.”
The CEO also told the community that planting and taking of trees is one way of making the country’s tobacco more attractive on the global market, hence the need to heed the call.
Traditional Authority Kayembe who was the guest of honour at the event said she was excited that TC had decided to take the tree planting exercise to her jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, TC says the country’s tobacco marketing season is set to open later this month.
On Friday, a new tobacco buyer was unveiled in Lilongwe, bringing the number of buying companies in the country to ten.
TC says the coming in of a new buyer is good for competition on the auction side of tobacco marketing.