GOVERNMENT will soon embark on a tree planting exercise in Southern Province in an effort to improve the rainfall pattern in the area.
Southern province Minister Edify Hamukale who was speaking during a press briefing in Choma yesterday said the area had been experiencing poor rainfall pattern in the past due to deforestation and in some instances as a result of charcoal burning.
Dr Hamukale said his vision was to re-install the rainfall pattern in the province through the planting of trees.
“The rainfall pattern hasn’t been stable in the province, this is due to deforestation and some areas have become semi-deserts,” Dr Hamukale said.
Dr Hamukale would soon be meeting provincial heads of departments, National Parks and Wildlife and Ministry of Education on how this programme would be implemented.
He said schools and each family that have a child at any particular school would be asked to plant one tree.
Each School would also be asked to have an orchard and should at least plant a minimum of 100 trees which would help to contribute to the hydrological cycle.
“If all schools do this, then we can have a situation where the rainfall pattern will stabilise. 100 trees in an orchard will help the government to restore the ecological balance in Southern province,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr Hamukale said his office would soon engage the Department of National Parks and Wildlife on how best to sensitise the community that live in the game management areas on dangers of poaching.
“We want to work with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife to begin the sensitisation to primary schools against poaching, because of the animals are now extinct” he said.
And Dr Hamukale assured of government’s commitment to electrify the rural areas under the rural electrification programme.