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Director KEFRI Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo in a tree planting exercise at Muhoroni Success Primary School. This is a national tree planting and growing initiative geared towards achieving 10% tree cover by 2022.
Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary (PS) Dr. Chris Kiptoo said, KEFRI will provide assorted certified seeds to be issued to communities' government institutions and non -state organizations to produce tree seedlings.
Kenya Forest Service (KFS), he said has embarked on licensing individuals and organizations to produce the tree seedlings to make the exercise a success. The PS said only licensed seedbeds will benefit from the free KEFRI seedlings after which they will be supplied for planting at designated points within the respective counties.
The two billion seedlings are to be shared amongst the counties based on the avail- ability of space and the current forest cover. Speaking Wednesday during the launch of the campaign in Kisumu, which is a pilot county, Dr. Kiptoo said a multi-agency committee co-chaired by the County Commissioner and County Governor will oversee the implementation of the campaign.
The PS decried the poor forest cover in the region urging the multi -agency teams to step up efforts to address the gap. So far, Kisumu has 0.44%, Siaya 0.42, Homa Bay 0.26%, Migori 0.62, Kisii 2.62 and Nyamira 7%. The campaign will be escalated to cover the entire Nyanza region before being rolled out to the other counties nationally.
Speaking during the same occasion, Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong'o said his government was committed to planting Sh40 million tree seedlings to support the national afforestation agenda. (Addition info by Chris Mahandara (KNA) Standards).
KEFRI jointly with Nyeri County Government, Kenya Forest Service, Karima CFA, Dedan Kimathi University, Kenya Water Towers Agency and Afrika Green Revolution planted10,000 indigenous species to rehabilitate the hill that has degraded over the years.
Dr. Letema thanked the County Government for sustaining a 38% tree cover. “KEFRI is focused on ensuring consistent supply of certified seeds so as to achieve 10% tree cover in the country by 2022,” said KEFRI Board Chairman Dr. Sammy Letema while launching a tree planting exercise in Karima hills, Nyeri County.
Nyeri CEC for Environment Ms. Beth Karimi emphasized the county will plant 1 million trees in one day as a dedication in rehabilitating and conserving the tree cover in Nyeri. “KEFRI adopted Karima hill with an objective of restoring the original species that were once abundant before arson fire destroyed the vegetation,” said Dr. Jane Njuguna.
KEFRI Senior Deputy Director Research and Development, Dr Jane Njuguna and Central Highlands Regional Director Dr. Eston Mutitu joined senior KFS staff in the ongoing short rains tree planting exercise at Gatare Forest station, Muranga County.