Residents urged to plant trees in their farms
The Homabay residents have been challenged to plant trees in their farms and in institutions where they worked.
The Homa Bay County Eco-System Conservator, Allan Ojwang’, expressed concern over low forest cover in the area.
Noting that the low cover would have negative effects in future, the Conservator said the County has just 4 % of forest cover which was way below the national average of 10 %.
The Forest Department in Homa Bay County has pleaded with the area residents to take advantage of the rainy season to planting trees.
“We may witness a situation where there will be no more trees in Homa Bay County. We have established that most people cut down trees without planting new ones. The trend could escalate global warming,” he said.
He also educated the residents that a piece of land could be divided into pieces with a single piece set aside for tree planting. Alternatively tress could be planted along the edge of a piece of land to act as fence, he added.
Ojwang’ said that the Forest Department has over one million tress in their nurseries that were distributed across the eight Sub-counties and urged residents to take advantage of the rainy season to plant more trees.
He later confirmed that they have managed to plant more than 300,000 treess on different forests within the County.
Ojwang’ urged residents to go to forest offices across the county to get more trees and plant them in their farms.
By Seth Okoth/Davis Langat