|A golfer putts at the Njoro Country Club during the KFS sponsored tournament|
|The KFS Deputy Director Finance and Accounting Mr. Peter Ruto (l) hands over the winner's prize to Mr. Manyara (r)|
The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) recently hosted a golf tournament at Njoro Country Club meant to promote the planting of trees as a way of mitigating the unfavorable climatic conditions that the country has been experiencing in the recent past.
The event that was dubbed ‘Plant a Tree Golf Challenge’ involved members of the club who are local businessmen and farmers and KFS officers among other invited players. Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, the Deputy Director for Finance and Accounting at KFS Mr. Peter Ruto thanked the chairman of the club hosting the successful tournament that attracted over 60 participants.
He noted that it was the most ideal place to hold the event as golf courses are surrounded with trees. He mentioned that KFS was ready to partner with the members and other stakeholders to achieve a ten percent forest cover by the year 2030. He encouraged land owners to spare ten percent of their land so as to plant trees in order to realize the target.
Mr. Charles Ngunjiri, a Corporate Communications Officer in KFS said that KFS was very much concerned about the management of the Kenya’s forests and was in the process of reforming to improve on their management through participatory forest management.
Speaking at the same event the Forest Zonal Manager Nakuru Mr. Anthony Mukundi, noted that the tournament was a fantastic idea as it linked golf to forests which is an innovative way of promoting eco-tourism in the country. He added that forests were inseparable from human beings since they provide essential resources for their survival.
The winner’s trophy went to Mr. Manyara while Mrs. Susan Nyambura won the ladies trophy. Mr. Owino Ochiel of KFS scooped the guest’s prize.
Story by, Ken Gichuki
Pictures by Mercy Ogolla