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The KEFRI Board of Directors led by the Chairman Dr. Sammy Letema paid a courtesy call to Kitui County where they interacted with Governor Hon. Charity Ngilu on forestry research and development issues.
The Chairman informed the Governor that KEFRI is mandated to produce adequate seeds to enable the country produce 2 billion seedlings required to increase forest cover to 10% by 2022.
“KEFRI is seeking to strengthen collaboration with Kitui County due to the advanced dryland forestry research and other developments already established in the county. The institute, noticing that at times conservation actions are challenging due to population pressures, will give technical support to the youth and other community groups establishing tree nurseries to increase the county forest cover,” said Letema.
Governor Ngiru said her administration in cooperation with the County Commissioner has realised progress in enforcing environmental conservation measures since it clamped down on the illegal production of charcoal and other environmental threatening activities.
My government welcomes the partnership with KEFRI and other state agencies raising public awareness of environmental issues for such measures will increase the county’s forest cover from 7% to 10 percent.
KEFRI deputy director in charge of research and development Dr. Jane Njuguna said KEFRI will partner with the county to in planting improved Mukau (Melia volkensii) in the drylands, adding that the tree has high yield of timber for domestic and market value, fodder and nectar - a basic in honey production.
Dr. Jane also said the institute has committed to plant Mukwaju (Tamarindus indica) and Muu (Vitex payos) in Endau, Mutitu, Athi, and Mwingi for environmental conservation, value addition products and for mitigating climate change.
The Board later paid a courtesy call to the County Commissioner, and expressed the interest of providing seeds to community groups for establishing tree nurseries at the grass root level.