The National Irrigation Board is calling on residents of Kisumu County to embrace the culture of tree growing and join global efforts aimed at forestalling the ongoing climate meltdown occasioned by de-forestation.
The Board’s (NIB) West Kenya Senior Manager, Eng. Jairus Serede made this plea after he unveiled the organization’s 500 tree seedlings planting drive to mark this year’s World Environmental Day.
Serede said there was need particularly for the younger generation to pick up the call on tree planting saying they risked the bigger burden in the face of the increasingly erratic climatic patterns.
It is an undeniable fact that our future, and in particular that of our younger generation, and the health of our environment are tied at the hip, there is no doubt that the two will either flourish or perish together, said Serede.
Serede made the remarks while addressing pupils during tree planting sensitisation parades at Kobura and Karanda primary schools in Nyando sub-county where the board donated 100 seedlings to each of the two schools for the event.
The remaining 300 tree seedlings went to farmers in the West Kano irrigation scheme who have been impressed upon to leverage on the extensive irrigation network to enhance tree growing in the region.
The Manager noted that the move was also part of the board’s contribution under its corporate social responsibility banner to help boost the region’s tree cover in tandem with both the national and global move of attaining a minimum forest cover of 10 per cent.
He observed that this would not only help local communities realize a healthier ecosystem but equally held the potential to transform the economic fortunes of the residents.
At less than 1 per cent, Kisumu county tree cover has been rated as alarming not only in light of the 10 per cent cover recommended for sustainable ecosystem but also in comparison to the national grid of 7 per cent.
Residents and pupils who participated in today’s events, including Kobura primary school head teacher Ms Millicent Ouko Anditi, lauded the board for embarking on the tree initiative and pledged to ensure that the seedlings are tendered to maturity.
Ms Anditi cited the poor fencing within the public institutions as a major challenge in protecting the seedlings from stray animals and appealed for assistance from stakeholders in reinforcing fencing within the local public schools.
Source: Kenya News Agency