OVER 63 hectres of mangroves have been planted in Unguja and Pemba this year under the government efforts to conserve the environment for the current and future generations.
Agriculture, Irrigation, Natural Resources and Livestock Minister Shamata Shaame Khamis told the House of Representatives here yesterday that the government is also mobilising wananchi to plant fast growing trees for furniture making and household energy.
The minister was answering a question by Wingwi Representative Kombo Mwinyi Shehe who wanted to know the government efforts to curb indiscriminate mangrove cutting, which is a serious environmental risky.
The legislator argued that mangroves provide conducive environment for fish reproduction but raised concern on the indiscriminate cutting of the natural vegetation.
Minister Shamata said the agriculture ministry and its blue economy and fisheries counterpart, first vice-president’s office; Shehia environmental conservation committees and non-governmental organisations have been cooperating in the planting and conserving mangroves in the islands.