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The launch of the 2019 National Tree Planting campaign-short rains season for the Eastern circuit took place in Kitui, Machakos and Makueni Counties.
The event was kicked off at Mba Primary School in Mbooni East, Makueni County in Machakos County at Masinga Technical Training College while in Kitui County the exercise took place at Kitui GoK Prison on 24th, 25th and 26th October, 2019 respectively.
In Makueni County, the Chief Guest, Dr. Robert Nyambati, representing KEFRI Director Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo graced the event where 2,000 seedlings were planted in the school’s compound and 800 distributed to neighbouring communities.
Dr. Nyambati urged all responsible government agencies and citizens to support the drive anticipated to plant and nurture 50 million seedlings during this short rain season. “The seedlings planted will help us and generations to come. We should support this campaign and ensure everybody has planted a minimum of one tree every year,” Dr. Nyambati said. KEFRI jointly with Kenya Forest Service donated 10,000 seedlings for planting in learning institutions and public land within the county.
Mbooni East Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Richard Ogwoka, Eastern region Ecosystem Conservator of Forests Ms. Beatrice Mbula, Kako/Waia MCA Dennis Musyoka, representatives of various agencies and county leaders were also present. The event was also set to honour the late Stephen King’uyu, who until his death was the Coordinator of Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan and co-chair of Africa LEDS Partnership at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
In Machakos County, KEFRI jointly with KFS and other partners planted over 8,000 tree seedlings at Sub-County Commissioner grounds, at Masinga Technical Training College and donated some to the communities around. The Deputy Director Corporate Affairs and Quality Assurance Dr. Jackson Mulatya representing the Director KEFRI urged citizens to grow and nurture trees to increase the County's forest cover to 10% from current 3.6%.
Machakos County Water Irrigation, Environment and Natural Resources CEC Ms. Naomi Mutie lamented the wanton destruction of environment citing sand harvesting and charcoal production as the biggest challenge in the County.
Masinga Sub County Commissioner Mr. John Ayienda stated that environmental conservation is key to socio-economic growth and sustainability of current and future generations. In Kitui County, Dr. Mulatya rolled out the campaign where 5,100 tree seedlings were planted at Kitui GoK Prison’s farmland, neighbouring public institutions and community farmlands. Dr. Mulatya who marked the event by planting Mukau tree (Melia volkensii) urged communities in the region to adopt a culture of planting trees corresponding to one’s age.
“The aim of the exercise is to increase the county’s tree cover from 7% to 10%, protect the fragile ecosystems, create employment and conserve the environment, contribute to the Big Four government agenda of increasing national food security, affordable housing, universal health care and manufacturing,” said Dr. Mulatya.
The event which was organised by KEFRI, KFS and GoK Prisons Kitui was attended by Kitui County Commissioner Mr. John Odeng, County Police Commissioner Ms. Lydia Ligami, representative from ministerial departments, state agencies and Kitui County.
“Growing more trees will facilitate communities in the region overcome environmental challenges and conflicts arising from scarce pasture, water and other resources,” said Mr Odeng.