Narok County Senator Ledama ole Kina has challenged the Maa community to plant more trees in their farms so as to mitigate prolonged dry spell seasons that are being experienced in the area.
Ole Kina who spoke in Narok town asked residents to look for alternative sources of energy instead of cutting down trees as it was impacting negatively on the environment.
“When the rains start falling, I request every land owner to plant trees in their farms and tender them until they flourish so as we can increase the tree cover in our environment,” he advised.
Ole Kina added that climate change has become a global challenge urging the County Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu to allocate more funds in the environment department for planting of trees in the county.
“We need to enhance our way of sensitizing people on the need to plant trees. The county officials should move around the county distributing tree seedlings and teaching people to plant trees,” he said.
The senator asked the Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) to prioritize matters of environment in the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) so that enough budget can be allocated for planting trees.
At the same time, the senator challenged individual farmers to put up tree nursery beds so as to sell the tree seedlings to individual farmers or the county government.
“This environment belongs to all of us. If we do not conserve it, we will suffer from the impacts of prolonged dry spells. We must all come together to boost our environment,” he said.
Narok County is the home of Maasai Mau forest where the government evicted encroachers from the forest so as to conserve the environment.
By John Koyiet and Ann Salaton