Hand in Hand Zimbabwe recently partnered with the Forestry Commission to host a tree planting day commemoration at Progressive garden in Ward 14, Gwanda district.

The organisation has for the past three (3) years supported Progressive garden through its Green Enterprise Project and these interventions have enabled members to establish tree nurseries which have helped the villagers improve food security and household income in the face of climate change.

The event, which ran under the theme “Fruit trees for food security and nutrition”, was well attended by representatives from the President’s office, Hand in Hand Zimbabwe officials, staff from Forestry Commission, government officials, local leaders, community members and school children.

In a speech read on her behalf by the provincial head in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce Richmond Ncube, the Guest of honour, first lady of Zimbabwe Auxillia Mnangagwa bemoaned deforestation in Matebelelend south stating that its rate in the province is estimated at more than 5 000 hectares lost in forest per year.



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