Monday, December 6, 2021

CS Tobiko is assisted to plant a tree seedling by Miss tourism kenya peoples choice Munyefu Nasambu Joyce during the launch of the short rains National tree planting season at Sanga’lo Inst. of science and Technology in Bungoma County.

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has warned debtors  who owe the kenya Forest Service more than ksh. 1.2 billion to pay up before they were exposed.
He said it was foolhardy for sawmillers to complain about loss of business after the government imposed a moratorium on logging in the country.
The same sawmillers and business companies who complained about loss of business are the same people who owe KFS colossal amounts of money he added.
Mr. Tobiko lamented that the forestry service has been rendered ineffective by the huge debts, noting that the government may be forced to publish names of the debtors if they did not honour their liability promptly.
The CS was speaking when he launched the short rains tree planting season  at Sanga’lo Institute of Science and Technology, Bungoma county.
Mr. Tobiko apealed to all education instutions to establish forestry projects that will help the country achieve its target of 10 percent tree cover by 2022.
The CS warned against encroachment on government forests adding that trespassers will be evicted.
This years short rains tree planting season is a joint venture between the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education.
The target planting sites include schools, colleges who are advised to plant more fruit trees for food security.
During the Launch the CS was accompanied by the chairman of KFS Peter Kinyua, chairman of National Environment Trust Fund Moses Akaranga, Chief Conservator of Forests Monica Kalenda, CEO National Environment Complaints Committee Dr. John Chuma, Director of Surveys and Remote sensing Dr. Warugute.

CS Keriako Tobiko joins tradition dancers from Sanga’lo Institute of Science and Technology, Bungoma during the national launch of the short rains tree planting season at the Institution.


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