By Winnie Maina | Monday May 14, 2018
On 12th May 2018 President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the national tree planting drive in Nairobi which took place at the Moi Forces Academy. He also urged the leadership of the county to clean up the city especially by ensuring garbage has been collected.
The president took the opportunity to announce the establishment of the Presidential Environment Award Scheme that will go towards recognizing individuals who have made tremendous contribution in the management and conservation of environment.
The government targets at least 1.8 billion trees by 2022. The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) launched a drive in Kakamega County that will see 16.8 million seedlings planted by 2022 and increase the tree cover to 900 hectares.
This was done in partnership with residents, schools, the local administration and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization during the exercise that was conducted in Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Vihiga counties.
John Wachihi the KFS Head of Western Conservancy said his organization was engaged in a tree planting and conservation drive.
Mr. Wachihi said of the 16.8 million seedlings to be planted in western Kenya, 14.8 million will be planted in the forest land while two million will be distributed to farmers.
The tree planting exercise was carried in different parts of the country led by Cabinet Secretaries and other government officials were in different parts of the country doing the same.