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Western Regime Tree Planting Season launched

By Michael Muratha

 

The launch of tree planting season for the long rains is marked every year as a demonstration of Service`s commitment to greening of the country as well as to support the growth of the forestry sector. Additionally tree growing has continued to contribute to national economic and social growth as well as promoting environmental sustainability. With the running theme of ‘Panda Miti, Punguza Makali ya Ukame this year`s Western Regime tree planting season was launched in Koibatek Forest, Baringo County. 

The ceremony was graced by various dignitaries including Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakungu, Principal Secretary State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Chief Conservator of Forest Emilio Mugo, Timber Manufactures Association officials among other KFS and Government officials.  

Speaking during the launch Chief Conservator of Forests Emilio Mugo noted that the Service was committed to increasing the country`s tree cover to the stipulated 10%. He further urged the public to embrace tree growing in their farms as it was a lucrative business that would assist the county increase its tree cover in the near future. 

Speaking during the same ceremony, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakungu urged all Kenyans to re-double their efforts by planting trees in all available land including farmlands, riparian reserves, office compounds, road and railway reserves, school compounds, drylands, cities, urban and market centres in order to achieve the national objectives. She further encouraged the county governments to take note of the new law, the Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016 and to make good use of its provisions while drafting the county level policies and legislations. 

Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environmnet and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu waters a tree during the launch. Looking on is Chief Conservator of Forests Emilo Mugo among other KFS officials.

 

 

 

Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environmnet and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu when she toured the tree nusery at the Kenya Forestry College Londiani.

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