The Zvishavane Office of the Forestry Commission has called on stakeholders in the Great Dyke to step up and play a part in the reforestation of the country; it says trees are an important element of the ecosystem.
District Forestry Extension Officer Tendai Mufandaedza said the national tree planting day which falls on every first Saturday of December is the world acknowledging climate change as a reality and taking action. She added that the day marks the start of the tree-planting season.
Mufandaedza highlighted that at the moment the country is losing 330 000 hectares of tree cover annually and the lost trees are not being replaced.
Commemorated every year on the first Saturday of December, the day is set aside to motivate the nation to plant and conserve trees, enlighten the nation on the importance of forests, and enhance biodiversity and household food security.