Kenya Forestry Research Institute

A Centre of Excellence in Forestry Research

OPENING OF KEFRI MIGORI SUB- CENTER

In line with its mandate to conduct research and provide information and technologies for sustainable development of forestry and allied natural resources for socio-economic development KEFRI has officially opened its Migori Sub- Centre.

The Sub-centre which is under the Lake Victoria Basin Eco-regional Research Programme (LVBRP) will serve four counties namely; Migori, Homa Bay, Kisii and Nyamira.   The sub-centre will be developing technologies in the fields of agro-forestry for soil fertility improvement and land productivity; forest technologies for rehabilitating degraded water catchments, natural forests and hilltops; propagation, management and utilization of bamboo; efficient production of charcoal and biomass to enhance environmental conservation and improved livelihoods. Further, the sub-centre will also be strategically used in dissemination of forestry and related technologies to the residents of South Nyanza.

LVBERP is unique in natural resources endowment as well as economic, cultural and political conditions, in relation to other parts of the country. Of particular importance are the Tropical rain forest (Kakamega), Montane forest (Mt. Elgon) and several hill top forests and the culture of the communities and requirements for management of the forest types and allied resources.

The booklet “A Guideline for Estimating Tree Growing Investment. A Guide for farmers and forest Extension Agents”.

launching the booklet.

KEFRI also launched a booklet entitled “A Guideline for Estimating Tree Growing Investment. A Guide for farmers and forest Extension Agents”, that provides a parameter for estimating returns from tree growing business, and help extension agents and forest managers in evaluating financial viability of tree growing. Due to complexity of determining profitability of tree growing, farmers, extension agents and forest managers (and the) challenges they face on how to estimate returns from tree growing as a business.

I take this opportunity to congratulate the Kenya Forestry Research Institute for the launch of Migori Research sub-center that is under the Lake Victoria Basin Research Programme (LVBRP). Lake Victoria Basin Research Programme is committed to generating and disseminating appropriate forestry technologies that will contribute towards achievement of Vision 2030 objectives of increasing tree cover to 10% and creating tree-based wealth.