25 December 2012

Tanzania: Brewery Spends 30 Million/- to Protect Water Sources

TANZANIA Breweries Limited (TBL) has spent over 30m/- since last year to implement a reforestation project whose role is to protect water sources and preserve environment.

A statement issued by TBL Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Stephen Kilindo said the exercise was meant to remind the community to put more emphasis on the importance of conserving the environment, and protecting water resources for the benefit of future generations, and deal with the challenges of climate change and its effects.

During the tree planting exercise conducted by employees of the company, trees were planted at Kenyatta Road, Balewa, Machemba, schools and Nyegezi, Nyamagana, Furahisha grounds and Mwanza factory area.

"This activity today reminds us about water source protection and maintenance, to improve and preserve the environment for future generations which is our inheritance", said Mr Kilindo.

He said due to the current climate change brought about by inadequate circulation of carbon air, TBL encourages tree planting especially in public institutions such as secondary schools, to give students education opportunities on how to protect environment.

Launching the exercise, the Mwanza Forestry and Environmental Officer, Henry Mongi, on behalf of the Chief Regional Engineer Evarist Ndikilo, said the exercise should involve all stakeholders in various sectors because the problem affects everyone.

He said with a clean environment, there will be easy availability of fresh air, enough food, good health, good range of infrastructure and sustainable ecosystem. Mr Mongi said that Mwanza region has so far planted 8,025,512 out of the targeted 10,500,000 trees , which is equal to 76.4 per cent, with TBL planning to plant 2600 trees in the region.

Earlier, the Mwanza Forestry Officer, Kaombwe Phidels, praised the beer company for showing the way and for being on the front line to support community development projects. TBL has already planted over 7,000 trees in Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions at a cost of over 30m/- since last year.

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