Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Kirinyaga Central Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ndege with other government officials where they led the youth engaged in the Youth Mtaani Initiative in a tree planting exercise at Kerugoya boys

Kirinyaga Central Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ndege with other government officials where they led the youth engaged in the Youth Mtaani Initiative in a tree planting exercise at Kerugoya boys

Youths have been urged to establish private tree nurseries, given that there is a ready market where the government is ready to buy  mature seedlings at good rates.

Speaking at Kerugoya Boys High School during a launch of  a tree planting exercise, Kirinyaga Central  Sub-County Deputy Commissioner Daniel Ndege urged the youths to venture into commercial tree production as a form of employment.
Ndege said , Kirinyaga County Kazi Mtaani Secretariat has engaged local youths in massive tree planting exercise in the four sub-counties, and since the exercise started they have planted at least 1500 tree seedlings.
He said the trees were planted under the supervision of  Kenya Forest Service officers and the youths are required to attended to the seedlings until maturity.
“I am sure it was not just a normal tree planting ceremony but one where skills were imparted in you on the proper methods to ensure the survival of the seedlings to maturity,” said Ndege.
Local Ecosystem Conservator Monica Masibo said the youths were taken through by Foresters  on nursery preparation to seedling transplanting techniques.
She said the tree species the youths planted on an acre plot mature fast and they are good for both timber and wood fuel.
“If you have any tree nurseries and mature seedlings please liaise with our field officers who will organize on how to buy them for us and this will certainly bring some income into your pockets,” she added.
Youths preparing to undertake the tree planting exercise where they were urged to come up with their own nurseries with a promise that the government will buy the seedlings.  Photo by Irungu Mwangi

Youths preparing to undertake the tree planting exercise where they were urged to come up with their own nurseries with a promise that the government will buy the seedlings. Photo by Irungu Mwangi

At the school  site, 850 seedlings were planted with Masibo urging the school management to ensure they were protected to maturity.

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