Uasin Gishu residents have been has urged residents to plant indigenous trees.
According to County Executive Committee Member for Water, Irrigation, Sanitation, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Abraham Serem this will help to increase forest cover.
“I call upon all residents to take advantage of this rainy season and plant indigenous trees since they are beneficial for the soil as it fixes nitrogen and its wood can be used for carving or to produce high-quality timber. The county government will soon distribute tree seedlings to citizens which will be distributed in all wards.
He said planting of the trees will ensure that the county achieves 10 percent forest cover.
“President William Ruto said that we must plant 15 billion trees in the next ten years and we are keen on fulfilling it. This year we are going to plant 30 million trees so that we meet the target,” said the CEC Environment.
He further noted that one of the things that Governor Jonathan Bii has focused on is ensuring that environment is taken care of and trees are planted in good time.
“We will be having a devolution conference here in Uasin gishu one of the preparatory things we will do is ensuring we plant trees. We have put measures that will ensure trees are planted by partnering with leaders in the county. Tree planting is the number one way to mitigate the effects of climate change apart from forming the forest cover to protect the soil from erosion and provide habitat for wildlife ,” said Serem.
“I want to call upon farmers to at least use 10 percent of their farm to plant trees, as a county we have ready reached the set target of 10 percent forest cover and is working towards achieving 15 percent forest cover by the end of 2022,” the CEC added.