Kitui residents in bid to plant one million trees in the arid county

A community-based organization in Kitui has offered to plant one million trees in the arid county in a bid to increase the forest cover.

Community Voluntary Development Network Association (CVDNA) has mobilised thousands of residents across the county to take part in the in the large-scale tree planting exercise, according to the Programme Coordinator, Augustus Kilonzi.

Speaking when he paid courtesy call on Kitui Deputy Governor, Dr.Wathe Nzau, Kilonzi said their efforts had seen Kitui’s forest cover rise from 4.7 percent in 2013 to the current 7.8 percent.

Kilonzi said in 2016 alone, the group planted over 900,000 trees in collaboration with the county government and won the Kitui Tree Growing and Forest Conservation Award.

He attributed the programme’s success to increasing community participation and support from the county administration and other stakeholders.

The official however, argued that more still needed to be done to realize or even surpass the desired 10 percent tree cover in the next few years.

The Deputy Governor praised the group for its invaluable contribution towards enhanced environmental conservation and promised continued support from Governor Charity Ngilu’s administration.

Source: Kenya News Agency