ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT TO TAKE ACTION TO SAVE VALUABLE, ENDANGERED MUKULA TREES

Zambian President Edgar Lungu is expected to order the Zambia Army and other security wings to join the fight against illegal harvesting and exports of Mukula trees in the northern part of the country.

This was disclosed here Tuesday by Muchinga Province Minister Malozo Sichone, who spoke the media after presenting his ministerial quarterly briefing to President Lungu at State House.

Sichone said the President was concerned at the rate at which Makula trees, a native termite-resistant hardwood species, are being illegally harvested and wants to put an end to the practice in order to save the species.

The Minister also disclosed that the president has further directed the provincial administration and the Ministry of Gender to clamp down on early child marriages and teen pregnancies.

Northern Province Minister Brian Mundubile said Kateshi Coffee Limited is being revitalised under the Public Procurement Partnership which will result in the creation of the biggest coffee plantation in Africa.

Speaking after his briefing for the president, Mundubile said Kateshi Coffee had engaged local farmers in an outgrower scheme.

Earlier, Luapula Province Minister Nixon Chilangwa said his team has prioritised agriculture, tourism and fisheries as potential key drivers of social-economic development in the province.

Chilangwa said the province has abundant natural resources which must be put to good use for the benefit of the local people.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK