Saturday, August 15, 2020
Environment CAS Hon. Mohammed Elmi (in black jacket) accompanied by Ahadi Kenya Trust Director Dr. Stanley Kamau (right) donating seedlings to aged persons at Pundamilia village of Maragua.

Environment CAS Hon. Mohammed Elmi (in black jacket) accompanied by Ahadi Kenya Trust Director Dr. Stanley Kamau (right) donating seedlings to aged persons at Pundamilia village of Maragua.

Youths have  challenged to take up the responsibility of establishing tree nurseries, to meet the rising demand for seedlings as the government gears towards attaining 10 percent forest cover.

Ministry of Environment  Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Hon. Mohammed Elmi has said urged youths should venture into  raising seedlings and growing  as a form of employment and income generating activity.
Speaking in Murang’a when he graced occasion of issuing seedlings to farmers  within Maragua area, Hon. Elmi observed that youth groups could seek technical advice from Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) on how to effectively establish tree nurseries.
“Young people can make a lot of money by selling seedlings, let them get seeds from KFS and be trained on how to make better nurseries. The demand for seedlings countrywide is quite high,” added Hon Elmi.
The CAS spoke even as Ahadi Kenya Trust in partnership with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched a programme of distributing 20, 000 fruit and indigenous tree seedlings to farmers in Murang’a.
On his part, the Director of Ahadi Kenya Trust Dr. Stanley Kamau said people should focus on growing trees but not just planting them, while failing to take care of them.
He encouraged young people to come up with tree nurseries and make money by selling seedlings to farmers.
Currently people want seedlings to plant but unfortunately there is shortage of them in some parts of the country. Let our young people take up the initiative,” noted Kamau.
During the event has avocado seedlings were donated. Murang’a county forest currently stands at 14.5 percent as the county gears to attain 17 percent by the end of 2021.
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