The 2016 National Tree Planting Season Launch and Tree Planting Marathon
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources/State Department of Natural Resources, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Red Cross Society and other stakeholders will on 5th November 2016 participate in the “2016 National Tree Planting Season Launch and Tree Planting Marathon,” under the theme, “For a Green Economy, Wakenya Tupande Miti.”
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- Increase net forest cover
- Strengthen financial base
- Enhance conseravtion, sustainable management and utilisation of forests by improving livelihoods in rural areas
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- Strenghten institutional capacity to deliver on it’s mandate
The Head of Conservancy for North Rift Forest Conservancy Area Mr. Solomon Mibey presents a certificate to one of the graduating farmers at Naisambu. Looking on is the Project Manager for GZDSP Mr. Jerome Mwanzia and the Forest Zonal Manager for Transzoia Mr. Simon Wahome
The just graduated farmer groups take a group photo together with the guests
The 22nd of June was not just an ordinary day for communities in Transzoia County as they witnessed a rare graduation.
Farmers from Baraton, Naisambu, and Nyasi Farmer Field Schools (FFS) graduated amid dancing and jubilations in a ceremony graced by fellow community members the local leadership and officers from the KFS headquarters. The farmers who have been attending the ‘school without walls’ for at least one and a half years had an impressive report to show for the years they were educated. among the most outstanding were horticulture, beekeeping and agro-forestry in their farms and a plantation of eucalyptus.
In attendance was the Head of Conservancy for North Rift who was also the chief guest Mr. Solomon Mibey, the project manager for Green Zones Development Support Project (GZDSP) Mr. Jerome Mwanzia whose project sponsored the groups and the Transzoia Forest Zonal Manager Mr. Simon K Wahome among other guests.
Mr. Mibey who was visibly impressed by the farmers’ performance urged them to practice what they had learnt on their farms and encouraged them to each establish a tree nursery to as to enhance tree planting in their areas as well as earn some income.
While addressing the same gathering, Mr. Mwanzia also congratulated the farmers and urged them to establish wood lots on their farms saying that this will ensure steady supply of domestic wood demands. He promised the farmers an exchange visit which would enable them learn what other farmers who had undergone similar training were doing.
The farmers thanked KFS for facilitating them and assisting the community in improving their livelihoods and eradicating poverty.
Article and pictures by Caroline Kahuria