One person managing more than 500 hectares himself
Mr. Joackim John Tambo was born in 1937 from Halla village located in Babati district in Manyara region has managed to protect the forest. The Attracting forest has water sources serves the villages such as Galapo, Kashi, Golidadida and Gedamale.
He started to engage in horticulture but later he decided to protect the environment especially the forest in his area as he had seen the trees are in danger and it was in 1985.
At first the village forest was in a good situation whereby the local communities enjoyed the importance of forest such as water. Later those water sources dried up due to mismanagement of the forests. He came up with an idea to protect the trees and environment in general so to help his villagers and to dedicate his love towards the living planet to help his fellow villagers. He decided to plant trees such as grevillia also he got one lorry full of seedlings of gravellia from the District Forestry Officer.
Mr. Joackim and other villagers have benefited from this forest, whereby the forest acts as water catchment so they get rainfall, the rainfall helps in agriculture as the forests help to regulate the climate and there is increase in agricultural products such as maize, beans, bananas, oranges and lemons. He is earning income for example one tree is being sold up to 300, 000Tshs and one tree with 10 feet is being sold up to 3, 000Tshs. This made him to build a good house and bought a car which helps him to transport agricultural products to the market place also fees are being paid to him on visit.
He is facing challenges of monkey which eat fruits also he does not have the title deed for the forest.We have to learn from Mr. Joackim as we have seen the importance of forest in our life.
Mr. Joackim Quoted Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, ”Usipopanda miti kwenye shamba lako Mizimu watakukimbia.” So he encouraged us to plant more trees as much as we can for example when he cut one tree he plant two trees.
Neema Amon-YET 2011