Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kangema Residents To Plant 11 Million Trees


Residents of Kangema district will plant 11 Million tree seedlings by the 
end of this financial year to increase forest cover in the area.The zonal
 Forest officer, William Chepto, said that the tree seedlings have been 
donated by the Kenya Forest Services in conjunction with the Kenya
 Tea Development Authority (KTDA)

He said that 1.5 Million tree seedlings will be planted in Wanjerere Forest 
 Station and Kanyenyaini location while the rest will be distributed to the  
92 organized groups with tree nurseries.

Mr. Chepto said that Mathioya, Kangema and Murang’a East districts have
received shs. 4 Million Channeled through Kazi Kwa Vijana initiative, which
would be used to employ the youth who will be engaged in the tree planting
exercise.

He was speaking at Watuha Primary School during the launch of the district
tree planting exercise whose theme is ‘Planting Trees to Mitigate Climate
Change and Secure the Future.’

He commended the residents for uprooting eucalyptus trees that had been
planted along water catchments areas saying the move had led to drastic rise  

in water levels in streams and rivers.

The zonal forest officer, however,cautioned the residents against
indiscriminate uprooting of eucalyptus trees in their farms and asked them
to log only when they had indigenous tree species to replace them to avert
desertification.

He said that through Kazi Kwa Vijana initiative, the employed youth would
also plant 5000 bamboo trees where the eucalyptus trees had been uprooted in 

water catchment areas.


Story Courtesy Kenya News Agency Website

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