The country therefore requires to urgently
intensify tree planting on farms to restock trees cut, as well as
increase the number tree.
The Sessional Paper No. 1 of 2007 on Forest Policy and the Forests Act (2005) emphasizes the development of Farm Forestry as a way of
increasing the low forest cover, diversifying subsistence products and income, while contributing to soil and water conservation. The Agriculture
Act (Cap. 318) on Farm Forestry Rules, 2009, stipulates a 10% forest cover on farms, while Sessional Paper No. 1 of 2007 on Forest Policy
emphasizes the need to support farmers with sound management and utilization principles, incentives, information, better germplasm and
marketing strategies. Thus farmers need to have a list of priority products from multipurpose trees in order to optimize production.
The Farm Forestry Research Programme aims to develop appropriate on-farm tree management technologies and guidelines.
The main focus and activities of Farm Forestry Research Programme include:
* Development of management practices for fast growing tree species with high market demand.
* Market research for on-farm forestry products.
* Establishment of on-farm tree seed sources.
* Fruit trees selection, propagation, and management.
* Development of technologies for soil enrichment and conservation.
* Evaluation and harnessing of traditional tree management practices.
* Development of on-farm efficient wood conversion technologies.
*Processing and value addition of non-wood forest products.
*Policy analysis in on-farm forestry development.
*Development of bio-fuels.