FOREST CONSERVATION IS SIGNIFICANT IN UASIN GISHU COUNTY

FOREST CONSERVATION IS SIGNIFICANT IN UASIN GISHU COUNTY

Uasin Gishu County is dedicated to achieving the 10% forest cover and is going a notch higher with a target of hitting 15%.

This was disclosed by Deputy Governor, H.E Hon Daniel Chemno when he hosted officials from Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Wattle Tree Farmers Business Association officials on Monday afternoon.

He praised the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) for good working relationships with the County urging them to review laws that halted wattle tree farmers from reaping the benefits of the trees.

Water, Environment, Natural resources, Tourism, and Wildlife Management CECM Ms. Mary Njogu, accompanied by Chief Officer Mr. Simeon Kemei highlighted conservation of catchment areas as key.

She further added that conservation of River Sosiani, Kipkaren River, Chebara dam and Kaptagat forest would be enhanced as they are the major sources of water for Uasin Gishu.

We are joining hands with other stakeholders to make sure our water catchment areas are protected,” Said Njogu.

The county government and other stakeholders planted 13Million tree seedlings in the last rainy season.

The Director KFS Board, Dr. Joel Lagong together with his counterpart in the board Henry Barmao, EBS (also Director of operations Kenya Police Service), called for planting more trees.

The Head of Conservation (KFS) Benjamin Kinyili thanked Uasin Gishu County for investing in tree planting and conserving water catchment areas.

More than 60 Wattle Tree Farmers and businessmen had earlier held talks with the CECM and CO Environment to request for permits to harvest their wattle trees for charcoal citing the ban was a hindrance to their economy since they had invested heavily in wattle tree farming.

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