Saturday, August 15, 2020
Kipkellion legislator at the (KFS) National Chairman Mr Peter Kinyua plants a tree at Tulwop Kipsigis in Londiani in Kericho. Photo by Courtesy of KNA.

Kipkellion legislator at the (KFS) National Chairman Mr Peter Kinyua plants a tree at Tulwop Kipsigis in Londiani in Kericho.
Photo by Courtesy of KNA.

In a bid to attain a 10 percent forest cover by the year 2020, the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has planted 5,000 tree seedlings at the Tulwap Kipsigis Forest in Londiani in Kericho County.

KFS Chairman Peter Kinyua who led the tree planting exercise said that Londiani forest station has three million tree seedlings which are ready for planting during the long rains season.
Kipkellion West legislator Hilary Kosgei who is also a member of the parliamentary committee on environment and natural resources said that the clarion call to plant trees aims at restoring  the country’s forest cover to achieve a 10 percent forest cover by the year 2022.
Kosgei urged the residents of Kipkellion and Kericho in general to plant more indigenous trees alongside degraded hills and forests this, he said, will check the effects of environmental disasters that comes with wanton destruction of forests.
Kericho County, Assistant Conservator Stephen Kahunyo, said that reforestation programme has been rolled across the country in degraded sites and urged communities living alongside forests to protect the forests and protect the already planted trees.
Kahunyo also appealed to the residents living near the forests sites to desist from grazing their animals forested areas. He said that Tulwap Kipsigis, the holy shrine of the Kipsigis community would receive much emphasis in reclaiming the forests at the hill.
In observing the covid-19 social distance regulations, those planting the trees kept a distance of 1.5 meters.
Members of the Kipsigis Myoot Council of Elders were present during the tree planting exercise.

 

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