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KEFRI through Central Highlands Eco-region Research Programme (CHERP), participated during Wambugu farmers field day held at Wambugu Agriculture Training Centre, Nyeri County on 26th and 27th July, 2019.
CHERP Regional Director Dr. Joram Kagombe led staff from Muguga, National Forest Products Development Programme - Karura and the Nyeri sub-regional centre in showcasing forestry technologies and disseminating information as per the event themed “Promoting technologies and innovation in agriculture and trade”.
H.E. Mutahi Kahiga, Nyeri County Governor visited the KEFRI stand and commended the Institute for its research activities which will develop forestry in the country and Africa as a whole.
“I commend KEFRI for research on tree seeds and Bamboo propagation which are two key areas that will help our country realize ten percent tree cover,” said Governor Kahiga.
The Governor also urged KEFRI to expedite dissemination of research findings to farmers who are eager to improve their farming practices thus increasing their livelihood.
As part of the days’ activities, KEFRI offered training on seed collection, soil analysis, fertility improvement, tree pest and disease control and bamboo propagation.
Dr. Kagombe urged communities to grow bamboo stating that KEFRI upholds its responsibility to conserve the environment through development and promotion of forestry practices like agroforestry, social forestry and preservation of water catchment areas.
“We promote and offer technical knowledge growing different types of tree species and promote products and services that will enhance increased farm production,” he said.