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KFS Participates in KEFRI Open Day

By Evelyne Macharia


Kenya Forest Service and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) opened its doors to the public, attracting different organizations and individuals to showcase their work relating to efficient technologies in processing and utilizing of forest products. The clear sky paved way on 20th May 2016 to a beautiful day contributing to the success of the event which was held at the KEFRI offices in Karura. The event was well attended by primary school children, university students, corporate institutions and individuals.


Kenya Forest Service advocates for the planting and conservation of trees and thus got a chance to exhibit different tree seedlings while giving technical advice to the guests more so students who visited KFS stand. The service also got a chance to advice the public on the different tree species to plant in different areas, particularly during this rainy season. Speaking during the exhibition KFS Forester Mr. Reuben Musa noted that it is important to equip the public with knowledge on different tree species to ensure that there are aware of where to plant the seedlings to benefit fully be it indigenous or commercial tree species. “ KFS is keen on ensuring that individuals more so students are conversant with different tree species for different areas in a bid to inculcate the culture of tree growing for a green economy, this is key in ensuring the public understand the tree they plant and the benefits they can accrue from them,” he noted.


Other organizations that were present include; Think Green Act Green, Green Char and Cooper Brands Limited. Exhibitors showcased some of the benefits of indigenous fruits and vegetables, for example making of jam and juice from indigenous fruits like tamarind and baobab. Medicinal plants like Mondia Whytei products were on sale. Green Char demonstrated on efficient making of charcoal briquettes made from agricultural waste which last longer than the conventional wood charcoal and firewood.

 

KEFRI demonstrated on technologies in bamboo propagation, utilization and production of various products for example, curtain blinds and laminated products.KFS staff were ready at hand to answer questions from the members of the public regarding different services provided and ways in which we can all help in the conservation of Kenya’s forests. 

 

Mr Reuben Musa (far left) explains to children from Karura primary school on the different tree species, during the KEFRI open day.

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