CS Bore leads staff in planting 8,000 trees in Nyamira and Bomet counties

Labor and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore on Tuesday led staff in a tree planting exercise in Bomet and Nyamira counties.

The initiative took place at Ibucha Primary School in Nyamira and Chepalungu Forest, where 8,000 trees were planted.

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Last year, President William Ruto launched a tree growing and restoration campaign with the aim of planting at least 15 billion trees by 2032.

Cabinet Secretaries (CS) and Permanent Secretaries (PS) are spearheading the initiative in various counties across the country to ensure its implementation.

Bore and PS Shadrack Mwadime commended Nyamira County residents for surpassing the national tree cover percentage of 12 percent.

The county has achieved 35 percent tree cover, exceeding the national tree cover goal of 30 percent.

“Our country must adapt to the effects of climate change that are already affecting us directly. Our human actions of deforestation and those of other countries that emit poisonous gases from various factories have depleted the ozone layer and made weather patterns erratic,” warned CS Bore.

He lamented the devastating effects of climate change seen last month due to heavy rains and floods, from which the country has yet to recover.

“There were huge losses. Some of our residents in the negatively affected areas were left landless and homeless, while others lost hope of finding the bodies of their loved ones who drowned. “I encourage our residents to plant indigenous and fruit trees because they have several advantages compared to exotic trees that have an economic advantage but slowly deplete soil fertility,” he advised.

The CS, who was joined by staff from the Kenya Child Welfare Society, said his ministry aims to plant two million tree seedlings.

“My goal is to plant two million trees in two counties, one million in Bomet and another in Nyamira. I have planned to plant a minimum of 100,000 trees each month of my visit to ensure I reach my goal. Every tree planted is closer to the goal of a better future for us and our children,” he noted.

He stressed the importance of preserving these newly planted seedlings and urged local residents to refrain from any activities that could disrupt their growth.

“Ensuring that the trees we plant today and in the months ahead are well cared for so that we can get value for our huge investment in restoring and conserving our environment to protect us from the effects of climate change.” she appealed.