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As Zimbabwe marked its National Tree Planting day last Saturday (5 December 2015), putting into the ground thousands of the native fruit-tree, Munzviru (Velvet wild Medlar), millions of its distant exotic eucalyptus cousins have come under severe attack from an invading force of foreign pests.

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The Sustainable Afforestation Association (SAA) is on course completing a total 8 000 hectares of new eucalyptus plantations in just three years, in a massive private-sector offensive against tobacco-related deforestation, but that will not be all that’s needed in an industry, which is seen as both environment curse and an economic blessing.

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