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His Majesty King Letsie III led the public at the soil conservation activities carried out at Mahloenyeng in the Makhoarane Community Council in Maseru on Wednesday.

Activities that included building of silt traps in a donga and planting of forest trees as well as removing of ''Sehalahala'' were done with a view to mark Lesotho's 51st independence anniversary celebration.

The national event was also attended by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Monyane Moleleki, some cabinet Ministers, Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Lesotho, senior government officials, Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) members and the public.

Speaking in an interview, the Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Mr. Motlohi Maliehe said his Ministry is mandated to embark on activities that can help to conserve soil from further being eroded hence the day’s activities.

He said the Ministry will work tirelessly to ensure that the place is protected by deploying rangers who will look after the developed area for the improvement of the area.

Mr. Maliehe stated that the area has been identified by the Ministry of Home Affairs following the realisation that it has been affected by soil erosion at an alarming rate.

He said though the place is not a catchment area, the Ministry of Forestry will continue to undertake the soil conservation activities even after the national event so that the environment can be improved.

Also interviewed was the Chief of Mahloenyeng, Chieftainess 'Mants'epase Lehloenya who urged the public to protect the development projects implemented in their area for improvement of ranges and environment protection.

She said the crime prevention committee is already in place to patrol the area so that it does not get destroyed by villagers or animals.

Meanwhile similar conservation activities were performed in various districts of the country.

Lesotho gained her independence from the British Protectorate on October 04 in 1966.

Source: LENA 04/10/2017


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