Residents of Buuri constituency, Meru county have been urged to conserve the environment by planting trees.
Speaking while distributing tree seedlings to farmers, nominated MCA Joy Karambu called on residents to plant trees in their farms to increase forest cover.
The MCA noted that the constituency has vast lands with little vegetation cover hence lots of soil erosion taking place in the region.
“To make our soils productive we need to plant lots of trees to avert soil erosion which is common in this place. Let’s plant fast maturing plants such as blue gum.”
Karambu pointed out that unless people living in this region cultivate the culture of planting trees, the area will continue to receive little or no rains.
“Many homesteads here have an average of 5acres of land each and if we all plant trees around the farm we will be conserving the environment,” she said.
Karambu pointed out that the region has been experiencing constant crop failure due to lack of or poor rains.
She noted that the government is committed in ensuring that it achieves 10% forest cover, further warning persons encroaching on public land that the government will move with speed to repossess them to be used for the intended development projects.
By Muguongo Judy