Increasing food security and pollination situation

Zimbabwe: Government aims to plant three million orange trees across the country

The Zimbabwean government is aiming to plant three million orange trees across the country to improve nutrition and pollinator species.

Chief Director for Agricultural Advisory and Rural Development Services, Professor Obert Jiri, recently told a beekeepers' symposium that was held at Gwebi College of Agriculture that the extinction of pollinators could spell disaster for the nation and as Agritex they were rolling out a programme that is targeting to plant at least l0 trees per household.

"At Agritex we have a programme looking at planting three million orange trees in Zimbabwe. If you go to Henderson, there is a plantation with a nursery of over 2 million trees which we are going to distribute to each and every household," he said.

The chairperson of the Bee Keepers Association, Mr Chaipa Mutandwa, said besides planting more trees, there is a need for awareness campaigns on how to handle chemicals.


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