Saturday, May 26, 2018
The Cabinet Secretary and Principal Secretary are joined by Director KEFRI (Left) and Director KFS (Right) in receiving a dummy key during the opening ceremony.

The Cabinet Secretary and Principal Secretary are joined by Director KEFRI (Left) and Director KFS (Right) in receiving a dummy key during the opening ceremony.

Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) is now fulfilling its first mandate of conducting research in forestry and allied natural resources by devolving services to Counties as outlined in its strategic plan 2013-2018.Speaking during the opening ceremony of the  institution’s  Migori sub-center offices, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu who was also accompanied by the Principal Secretary(Ps) for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima said  that the research sub-center which falls under the Lake Victoria Basin Eco-Region Research programme(LVBERRP), will effectively address the  forestry research needs of Migori, Homabay, Kisii and Nyamira Counties.

The CS said most applicable technologies being advanced by the Lake Victoria Basin Research Programme include restoration and reforestation to mitigate climate change, generating technologies for conservation for conservation and rehabilitation of degraded forests, promoting planting of suitable tree species on farms, development and promotion of agro forestry, introduction and promotion of various Bamboo species and energy conservation methods. “The research Sub-center is therefore a step closer to bringing services closer to the people” The CS said.

KEFRI's new Migori Sub -Regional Offices block.

KEFRI’s new Migori Sub -Regional Offices block.

Prof. Wakhungu reiterated that the ministry’s responsibility shall always be forest development, conservation and provision of the pre-requisite information required for promotion of forestry in the country. She also added that Migori County had planted more than 18 million trees to rehabilitate its forests an effort that can be emulated by other counties to ensure attainment of 10% tree cover as enshrined in the New Constitution of 2010.

The Professor urged KEFRI to utilize the Sub-Center in developing the necessary technologies to improve land fertility and productivity for better livelihood in the area.

 On her part, Dr. Mwakima commended KEFRI’s commitment in initiating strategies to generate technologies and information that positively contributes to enhancing the resilience of communities in the Lake Victoria Basin on climate change. The PS said that the government through the Ministry will always support capacity building for scientists and expansion of KEFRI’s facilities in various regions.

Also present during the ceremony were, Dr. Ben Chikamai Director KEFRI, Mr. Emillio Mugo Director Kenya Forest Service and representatives from both the County and National Governments from the region.

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