UN, Forestry Ministry  donate tree seedlings

UN, Forestry Ministry donate tree seedlings

MAFETENG – THE United Nations and the Ministry of Forestry donated 2 030 tree seedlings to the villagers of Ha-Mohlehli and Ha-Joele in Mafeteng. The trees were planted last week to mark the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the United Nations.
The trees are meant to be an income generating project for the two villages through the selling of firewood and logs.
The seedlings were planted on a barren piece of land, ravaged by severe soil erosion.

Land degradation in Mafeteng is evident to a layman as dongas cut through fields reducing ploughing land.
Minister of Forestry Motlohi Maliehe said it is sad to see so much land getting wasted.

“You have beautiful big fields. It is clear the land has not been ploughed for years now,” Maliehe said.
“We need to have an orchard in this area and I am willing to help this community have a big orchard that will assist in poverty reduction,” he said.
Maliehe said the orchard project will be looked at in the next financial year.

“This project will be your project given to you free of charge by the government. The Minister of Small Businesses will be included in this project so that he looks for a market,” Maliehe said. Maliehe said the villagers will get assistance and training to maintain and grow fruit trees from his ministry.

Rose Moremoholo

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