Kilifi, Wednesday April 18, 2018
Over 5000 mangrove tree seedlings have been planted at Ihaleni since the beginning of the rains, early this month.
5000 other tree seedlings were given to farmers to plant in their farms and home steads during a tree planting exercise that was presided over by officials from the forest department head office, yesterday.
Addressing farmers and members of the public during the planting exercise, Senior Deputy Conservator, Ms Lucy Kemboi urged them to take advantage of the early rains to plant more trees for environmental conservation.
She cautioned them against wanton destruction of trees for fuel and timber, stressing that prior permission has to be given by the relevant authorities, before anyone can cut a tree.
“Destruction of trees has been experienced in the recent times in many parts of the republic, thus threatening the ecosystem. Effort must be made at all cost to stop the menace and avoid desertification,” she said.
Ms.Kemboi told members of the public to ensure they achieve the 10% forest cover by 2022, so that they can be ahead of the vision 2030 and strive to achieve 15% forest cover by then.
“Presently, our forest cover is at 7.2 per cent through effort by us and our partners, we can achieve the 2.8 per cent in the coming four years. This will enable us achieve another 5 per cent in 8 years’ time,” she said.
She commended farmers in the area for having increased forest cover in their individual farms by 2.7 per cent, and urged them to take tree planting as a routine in their home areas.
Area County Commissioner, Magu Mutindika said several people have been taken to court after they were caught either felling trees or transporting timber and charcoal and cautioned the public against being involved in the practice.