Laboso rolls out campaign to plant 2.4m trees

Bernard Gitau @benagitau

Bomet County government has rolled out a campaign to plant 2.4 million trees by June. Governor Joyce Laboso said the county has 20 per cent forest cover and that there is need to plant more trees.

Speaking during a tree planting exercise in Siongiroi block, Chepalungu, the governor led residents in planting 50,000 trees. The exercise dubbed ‘Panda Miti, Penda Bomet’ aims at reversing environmental degradation by increasing the forest cover.

“Apart from planting trees, we are going to rehabilitate various dams, water pans to harvest rain water” said Laboso. Meanwhile, Nyeri and Kisumu are ranked as the counties with highest and lowest forest cover respectively by Kenya Forest Service (KFS).

According to the KFS ranking 47 devolved units on forest cover, Nyeri forest cover stands at 38 per cent with Kisumu at 0.4 per cent.

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