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County government has plans to improve forest cover

The  Homa Bay County government has plans to increase forest cover in the region which stands at 3.6 per cent currently  by  planting more than 50,000 tree seedlings during this rainy season.

This  is in line  with  this year’s World Environment Day held on Wednesday.

The   World Environment Day is a global celebration that was developed by the United Nations to create a platform for creating  awareness on  environmental issues.

Speaking to KNA in his office on Thursday, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in Charge of  Water, Environment and   Natural Resources, Dickson  Nyawinda said his department plans to increase forest cover, adding that by 2022 they will  have   planted more than 100, 000 tree seedlings.

Nyawinda  called on the farmers with seedlings to sell them to the county government so that they could be distributed  freely to the residents for planting.

The  CECM further encouraged the residents to engage in tree planting to curb the increasing rates of deforestation since it  was their responsibility to take care of their environment.

At  the same time, Nyawinda added that air pollution was a major threat to the environment.

He  explained that the air we breathe has been polluted by industrial activities such emissions from factories, vehicles, firewood burning and lanterns.

Garbage  disposals were also among the listed causes of air pollution.

He  reiterated  that his Ministry  was working closely with organisations such as NEMA, Plan Hand in Hand; GTZ, Pathfinders, Dream, KWS, KFS  and  World Vision to ensure the high environmental standards were maintained in the  county.

The  officer  who was also accompanied by Chief Environment Officer, Stacy Otieno  warned livestock  owners  who allow their  animals to roam about in town that they will be arrested and charged.

He  revealed that the Ministry of Finance had drafted a bill which is still pending before the county assembly which when  passed such livestock owners will be fined.

By  Davis  Langat/Angeline  Adisa

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