By Our Reporter
The Lions club of Ntungamo has embarked on a drive to plant fruit trees on streets of major urban centres in Ntungamo district with the intention of changing the mindset of planting compound and shade trees for beatification only.
Launching the fruit trees planting exercise in the district at Nyamunuka town council on Saturday, the Ntungamo Lions club president Rumanzi Perez asked leaders in town councils and municipalities to break the notion of just planting trees but plant trees that can affect the town dwellers directly and also have environment impact.
“there is increasing unacceptability and resistance of tree planting fro environment conservation because many people do not understand the issues of environment, but if we start growing more fruit trees and they start getting fruits like mangos, oranges, guavas, avocados, they may even get more involved in protecting the trees, they would see the direct benefit and we shall also succeed in protecting environment and increasing beauty of out towns especially in season of the fruits.” Mr Rumanzi said.
He further said with reducing land for tree planting, use of road reserves for trees would help get space for more government tree planting.
The Nyamunuka town council chairperson Mr Sadara Kahindi asked the LIONS to propagate more the innovation saying the people in the town council were becoming increasingly resistant to shade and compound trees in the town however saying this may attract more support from the dwellers.
The Lions club of Ntungamo has since started a project to plant over one million trees on all road reserves of trunk roads in the district a stretch of over 200 kilometers. Mr Rumanzi says at least 60% of the trees planted shall be fruit trees.