The county government of Trans Nzoia is set to plant 5 million trees in its environmental conservation efforts this year.
Speaking during the commemoration of the World Environment Day at Maziwa Primary School, the Chief Officer ministry of Water, Environment and Natural Resources, John Meng’wa said the county government had already planted more than 2 million trees.
He said the department had drafted a bill that will be tabled in the county executives meeting and the county assembly for approval to help promote the planting of fruit trees in the county.
Meng’wa also warned against planting of eucalyptus trees along river banks and instead urged for the planting of indigenous trees.
The Health CECM, Clare Namenge said re-afforestation was key in safeguarding the environment and cushioning Kenyans from the raging effects of air pollution and climatic changes.
Namenge added that an estimated 9 out of 10 people worldwide were exposed to air pollutants that exceed world health organisation, air quality guidelines hence lowering life expectancy and damaging economies across the world.
She said air pollution also cause global warming whose effect is now felt across the globe.
By Moses Wekesa