Friday, October 23, 2020

DSC_0062Drylands Forestry Research and Development, has continued to aid farmers in the Arid and semi-arid regions to improve on Farm tree cover, conserve the environment and improve their livelihoods. The research, has also ensured the continued supply of high quality tree seeds, sustainable management of water catchments, biodiversity and conservation, hence, an enabler in the achievement of the 10% national tree cover.

Speaking while touring various dryland projects being implemented by State Agencies (SAGA’s) under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Makueni County, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Hon. Mohammed Elmi, observed that, land use changes, coupled with climate change variabilities and lack of livelihoods diversification, has continued to aggravate watershed and land degradation. He urged members of the public to take advantage of the on-comming long rain season to plant many trees to conserve the environment.

The CAS, who is leading a team from the Ministry in monitoring and evaluating projects under the Ministry in Makueni County, toured the Kenya Forests Service seed orchard nurseries in Wote, the Kenya Meteorological Department upper wind observation weather stations in Makindu and Kibwezi, the Tana and Athi Rivers Dev. Authority-Kibwezi pilot irrigation /farm terracing project; and the Project on Development of Drought Tolerant Trees for Adaptation to Climate Change in Drylands of Kenya in Kibwezi. The projects are being implemented by the Kenya Forestry Reserch Institute, in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and the Japan International Development Agency, JICA.

The CAS, who had earlier paid a courtesy call to Makueni Deputy County Commissioner, Mr. Joel Mwangala in Wote and the Kibwezi Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner, Mr. Mohammed Abdi in Kibwezi, urged the national/county governments and institutions under the Ministry, to partner in the implementation of the Presidential directive on the National Strategy for achieving the 10% tree cover.

Hon Elmi noted that the Government was keen in supporting Community Forest Associations and other groups in raising the over 2Billion tree seedlings, that are required to be planted by 2022 in order to achieve the 10% tree cover.

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