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Kisumu unveils programme to plant 3,000 trees monthly

National government officials in Kisumu County have embarked on an aggressive afforestation project that targets planting 3,000 trees monthly to boost the region’s forest cover and mitigate the severe effects of climate change.

Acting County Commissioner Hussein Alasow, while officiating the launch at Rabuor Primary in Kadibo Sub County on Tuesday, stressed that the campaign corroborates with the nationwide greening crusade that targets to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.

The Kisumu County Tree Planting Initiative is spearheaded by the County Directors and departmental heads from all the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), as well as the Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies (SAGAs).

Alasow emphasized the need to adopt a multi-sectorial approach to intensify the greening initiative.

The Commissioner urged the residents, state officials, and stakeholders to remain committed to the tree planting course to realize the set targets.

“Kisumu County has a target of 320 million trees by 2032. To attain this, every resident should endeavor to plant at least a tree every month for the next 10 years to achieve our target by 2032,” Alasow explained.

He called on the various heads of departments of the MDAs and SAGAs to initiate proper records of the planted tree seedlings in a bid to create verifiable statistics on the progress of the project.

“We should have an accurate database with details of the planted trees by different stakeholders to keep us on track as we focus on realizing the objective,” the Commissioner stated.

Speaking at the same event, Kisumu County Forest Conservator Mark Odero urged the community and learners to protect the planted trees to ensure they grow to maturity.

Odero said that the county required concerted efforts by different stakeholders to improve its 1.55 per cent forest cover to match the national target of 10 percent.

He said that Kenya Forest Services (KFS) has intensified tree planting campaigns in schools and public institutions and encouraged locals to take advantage of every available space, including farm boundaries, to plant trees.

The Conservator urged the public and institutions to seek guidance from KFS on appropriate tree species to be planted in the different ecological zones.

“The KFS is here to provide technical advice to all stakeholders and the public on the best types of tree species to be planted in an area, depending on several factors. Schools can go for trees that provide shade and windbreak, while for homes, we encourage species with aesthetic value,” Odero highlighted.

He hailed Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o’s administration for setting aside a day every month as the County Tree Planting Day to raise the region’s forest cover.

“Kisumu County has a noble tree planting programme where, on the 10th of every month, the county staff leads the public in a tree planting exercise. At this rate, the tree seedling nursery firms are set to expand following the monthly purchase of the seedlings,” Odero stated.

By Robert Owang’

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