SeedCo in tree planting initiative

HARARE - Listed seed company (SeedCo) has partnered school children at St Marnocks primary and secondary schools in a programme meant to raise awareness on climate change and its effects.

SeedCo head of public relations and communications Marjorie Mutemererwa yesterday said people must always be alive to the changes taking place around them.

“As an organisation, we know the importance of this to agriculture, the environment and health of our nation. It goes without saying that at the global level trees and forests are closely linked to weather patterns and also the crucial balance in nature,” Mutemererwa said.

She was speaking at a tree planting ceremony, where the company donated 75 assorted trees to the schools, as part of events to mark its 75th anniversary.

“I am sure you have seen us in the recent past donating waste containers to the city of Harare because we don’t want to create a legacy of rubbish for our environment is our life.

“Also the donation of computers to the Meteorological Department was meant to ensure that environmentalists are in a position to better plan for the environment,” said Mutemererwa.

The trees donated by SeedCo included the Kenyan croton trees, which are shade trees, fruit trees as well as windbreakers.

Mutemererwa said tree planting must not be a single day event but must be an ongoing exercise.  

“Thus, today SeedCo joins the global community in planting trees, not necessarily waiting for the first Saturday of December because tree cutters are not waiting for a particular day but doing so daily.

“If you walk around town, you will see adverts of tree cutters everywhere and not even a single one on tree planting, so where are the tree planters?

“We are mindful of the effects of climate change and global warming as evidenced by the recurring droughts and the recent heat wave that has hit the continent to mention but a few,” she said.

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