PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has commended the Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO) for heeding to government’s call of maintaining forest reserves through the plantation of trees.

Speaking when he launched a ZAFFICO plantation in Nakonde District of Muchinga Province, President Lungu encouraged the corporation to continue with their good cause of scaling up forest plantations in the country.

He assured that government will endeavor to create a conducive and favourable environment for all investors wanting to invest in the forestry department.

The President was however saddened that some people have continued to cut down trees uncontrollably and the expense of the risk to cause harm to the environment.

The Head of State regretted that the rampant cutting down of trees and burning of charcoal if not quickly addressed, is likely to increase the effects of climate change in the country.

He added that it is therefore important that more stakeholders emulate ZAFFICO and help put up more forest plantations in order to beef up forest reserves in the country.

President Lungu further commended Chieftainess Waitwika for giving up some land to put up the plantation, and encouraged other Chiefs across the country to emulate this noble cause.

Meanwhile Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata revealed that her Ministry has collaborated well with ZAFFICO in opening up other forest reserves and closing up all clear areas with trees in order to promote afforestation in the country. President Lungu who is in the Province for two days is in the company of Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe, Patriotic Front National Chairperson Samuel Mukupa, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo, Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Vincent Mwale and other senior government and Party Offic

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