Mpulungu, June 20, 2019, ZANIS--The Ministry of Agriculture in Mpulungu in Northern Province has embarked on a project to plant over 30,000 fruit trees in the area.

The multi-million kwacha project which is being done under the Lake Tanganyika Development Project is not only aimed at providing cover against soil erosion but will also help to provide fruits to the people.

ZANIS reports that Mpulungu District Agricultural Coordinator Gloria Musaba explains that the project will help to improve the nutritional need of the community in the area.

The planting of the fruit trees will help people in the area to generate income from the trees once they start bearing fruits, says Ms Musaba.

The move to plant the trees will also ensure that people have other sources of income other than fishing on Lake Tanganyika.

The department, according to the District Agricultural Coordinator, is also planting other tree species in the district such as Musangu trees which is aimed at providing organic matter to the soils.

“The planting of Musangu trees will improve the fertility of the soil and increase agricultural production in the area, ‘she adds.

She has since urged Mpulungu residents to get involved in the planting of trees in their localities.

Meanwhile, Mpulungu District Commissioner, Dennis Sikazwe has commended the Ministry of agriculture for embarking on the tree planting exercise.

Mr Sikazwe has since implored other government departments such as the Forestry Department to emulate the gesture and plant more trees.