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August 2, 2018

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache samples one of the specimens in the Insect Collection Lab at KEFRI headquarters

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache visited Kefri offices in Muguga yesterday on a familiarization tour of the institute.  She was impressed with the work done there and urged staff to double the production capacity to ensure the country has enough seedlings to plant 2billion trees and increase the forest cover to 10%.

She referred to staff as the ‘quiet and unsung heroes’ of the country for the remarkable work they do in the background to ensure that there are enough quality tree seedlings in the country to conserve the environment. She pledged to support the institution to realize its objectives and to ensure trees are planted to keep afforestation alive and restore the environment to acceptable standards.

Ms. Mochache pledged support in marshalling resources and championing the development of a communication strategy to create and enhance awareness on their activities in the country and beyond.  ‘I will champion to to lift the profile of Kefri to be visible to attract resources in view of the significant role they play in the region, ‘she said.

Ag. Director Dr. Jane Njuguna highlighted some of the challenges like lack of a substantive CEO, shortage of staff, lack of resources and aging staff.  On the issue of a CEO, Ms. Mocahche pledged to follow it up with the Cabinet Secretary to ensure that a CEO is appointed as soon as possible.  She noted that the process of recruitment was on course and the Cabinet Secretary will act accordingly.

KEFRI has a Seed Centre that processes about 10,000tonnes of seeds or roughly 200m seeds every year from 80 species and shrubs and have plans to double the capacity this year. It has five (5) eco regions across the country namely: central highlands, coastal region in Gede, Lake Victoria in Maseno, Dry land region in Kitui and Rift Valley in Londiani.

Karibu Sana Madam. Dr. Jane Njuguna, Ag. Director KEFRI (leff) receives Ms. Susan Mochache, Principal Secretary ME&F when she toured the insitute.

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