Thaba-Tseka residents receive fruit tree gifts

The Ministry of Forestry, Rangeland and Soil Conservation has given out 40000 fruit trees to the communities in the district.
This was stated in an interview with LENA on Friday by the District Coordinator Forestry, Rangelands and Soil Conservation Mr. Mokete Pama.
According to Mr. Pama, every year they give out the fruit trees to the communities as that is part of the ministry’s mandate to help in eradicating poverty in the district.
Mr. Pama continued to state that they give out apple, pear and fruit trees. He said it is reported that based on the topography of the district, people are encouraged to plant apple and pear trees.
He said the trees are given for free saying the communities are aware of that and are also encouraging them to plant and take care of the trees for their own benefit.
Mr. Pama said they began giving fruit trees to the communities since 2007 when they introduced the catchments or water sheds projects.
Speaking in an interview with one of the people who had taken the trees Miss Mathapelo Mokhethi had said she was not aware that the ministry is offering trees for free and therefore, took an opportunity to also plant trees in her yard.
She said she hopes they will be growing so that she is able to sell fruits and generate income for her family as she currently unemployed.
The trees are given to communities in all the five constituences and those are Thaba Tseka, Semena, Mashai, Mants’onyane and Thaba Moea.

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