Mandera schools take up afforestation project

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Mandera Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has undertaken an afforestation project aimed at dealing with the adverse effects of weather in the region.

Area TSC Director, Yusuf  Abdullahi said the exercise was aimed at reducing the adverse effects of weather in the semiarid county.

Abdullahi disclosed that over 3, 0000 trees have been planted in some 20 schools and this would be rolled over to all schools in the region.

He said schools would be now help conserve the environment where indigenous trees have been cut down for building materials and charcoal burning.

Mandera has been hit by a dry weather spell for the past two years with the region loosing livestock to drought.

The  Mandera Governor, Ali  Roba has said the county aims at reaching all areas in the tree planting initiative to reverse the hot dry climate in the region.

The county government has employed over 1, 000 workers to help in planting, watering and taking care of the trees.

It  is aimed that the region will become a food basket and sustain its residents in food provision to move away from perennial food aid.

By  Dickson Githaiga

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