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Govt unveils plan for 6-month tree growing programme

Sunday, May 12th, 2024 15:51 | By
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The government has unveiled a programme for the six-month tree-growing plan announced by President William Ruto.

Speaking at Karua grounds in Maragua, Murang'a County after planting trees on Friday, May 10, 2024, Ruto directed that every ministry should have a day in which staff of various departments and agencies will plant trees in the specific areas they have been assigned.

"Planting of trees will continue each day beginning next Monday with each ministry participating so that we have a collective effort in conserving and restoring the environment," Ruto said.

"Climate change is a reality we live with every day. This is why we stopped all other business today to plant trees. We must look for a solution to climate change, and the solution is planting and growing trees."

To start with, in the second week of May, four cabinet secretaries and the Attorney General will lead their department in tree growing.

"In line with the directive by the President on the accelerated 6-month tree growing program spearhead by The Cabinet, here is the schedule for the 2nd week of May 2024," the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry stated.

Attorney General Justin Muturi will on Monday, May 13, 2024, head to Kajiado County (Ngong Hills Forest) where he will lead the tree-growing exercise.

On Tuesday, May 14, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu will head to Trans-Nzoia County (Sosio, Saboti, Kapolet and Saiwa Swamp) where he will lead the exercise.

On Wednesday, May 15, Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Salim Mvurya will be in Tana River County (Hirimana & Mwinai Forest) and also Lamu County (Pandanguo & Lake Kenyatta) for the exercise.

On Thursday, May 16, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Alfred Mutua will be in Kitui County (Muumoni & Itikoni Wetland) and Taita Taveta County (Lake Jipe Wetland) where he will lead the tree-growing exercise.

On Friday, May 17, Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum Davis Chirchir will head to Kericho County (Londiani & Kapnawai Wetland) and Baringo County (Narasha, Mukutani Forest, Koibatek Forest & Kamnarok Wetland) for tree-growing exercise.

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