National Arbor Day celebrated at Katima Mulilo

All Forestry Offices from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry gathered at the Katima Mulilo Town Council on Friday, 11 October 2019 to celebrate the National Arbor day to highlight the importance of conserving trees and forests.

National Arbor day has been celebrated for more than 27 years and globally, it provides a platform to raise awareness at the level of the importance of all types of forest and trees, a day on which individuals and groups in Namibia are encouraged to plant trees in October, particularly every second of Friday of October.

A message from the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Nauruseb, stated that it is well known that deforestation, mostly caused by the unsustainable conversion of forest land and agriculture and livestork areas, threatens not only the livelihoods of foresters, forest communities and indigenous people, but also the variety of life on our planet, and for this reason the MInistry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and other partners sensitise all citizens about the importance of planting and conserving trees for national and global benefits.

Access to forest products, goods and services is vital for the livelihoods and resilience pf the poorest households, acting as safety nets in difficult times, stated in the message from !Nauruseb

The Namibian Government has declared 'Baikiaea Plurijuga' (Zambezi Teak) as the Tree of the year 2019 due to its importance for environmental stability and socio-economic development.

This tree species is exploited as a commercial timber, used for railway sleepers, mine props, furniture and flooring, it is also for non-commercial purposes such as curving, drums, mortars, pestles, dishes, hoe handles, while its seeds are used to make necklaces and the bark is used to tan leather, as stated in a message by !Nauruseb

The Mayor of Katima Mulilo also said that it does not mean that trees should only be planted on this day but people should make sure that they plant trees everyday if possible, for the benefit of the existing and future generations.

Source: Namibia Press Agency