Government has expressed concern with the indiscriminate cutting down of trees in Katete district.
District Commissioner, Joseph Duma Makukula says if cutting down trees carelessly does not stop soon, most parts of the district risk turning into semi deserts.
Mr. Makukula says the cutting down of trees has become rampart in Chiefs M’bangombe and Kathumba areas.
He also expressed worry that the trend may seriously affect the rainfall pattern, which can in turn affect household food security in the district.
Mr. Makukula says that some parts of the district such as Kagoro in Chieftainess Kawaza’s area, are already facing reduced rainfall because deforestation.