Conservation of Kakamega forest in top gear

Kenya Forest Service on Tuesday planted trees on 10 hectares of Kakamega forest.

Secretary of administration in the ministry of environment and natural resources William Kiprono said they intend to cover over 200,000 hectares with trees by 2022.

He urged the local community to embrace tree planting in order to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The officer asked residents to be part and parcel of the forest conservation efforts being spearheaded by the government.

We are encouraging the residents to participate in conserving and protecting the forest for mutual benefit, Kiprono stated.

Head of Conservancy (HOC) for the Western region Mr. John Wachihi said they are targeting to plant 1.8 seedlings as forest plantations in 2018.

He added that they have raised 16.8 million seedlings for planting in the region this season.

Wachihi said they aim at establishing 900 hectares of trees by the end of the year and appealed to everybody to plant at least five seedlings on their farms.

He pointed out that under the Plantation Establishment for Livelihoods Improvement Scheme (PELIS), tens of thousands of hectares of forest land are given to the locals to cultivate food crops as they nurture the seedlings.

They grow maize and beans within rows of seedlings such that during the weeding, they do it to the crops and seedlings, he explained, adding that the PELIS programme had promoted food security for the locals.

Source: Kenya News Agency