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Embrace indigenous trees to conserve environment Residents advised

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Nyamira County Commissioner Amos Mariba (left) irrigates a tree he planted at Etono Primary school yesterday as Kenya Forest service officials flanks him [Dan Nyamanga]

By Dan Nyamanga

Nyamira Kenya 20 May 2021 …………..Nyamira County commissioner Amos Mariba has encourage the removal of eucalyptus trees from along the river lines and replace them with environment friendly indigenous ones to conserve the environment.

Mariba was speaking in Etono Primary school play round in North Mugirango constituency where he led other government officials in launching national the tree planting day yesterday.

He said that environment friendly trees were the only solution in solving the water shortage crisis which normally hits the region in dry seasons.

He said some traditional trees can be used as a source of medicine, food and also supplement firewood and timber. They are Eco-friendly.

“Let’s discourage the planting of water sucking trees like eucalyptus from the rivers and instead plant the water friendly ones which can be a source of medicine and food.

We can take the eucalyptus on hills where they will not tamper with the
environment”, he said.

Mariba also urged residents to utilize the rains pounding the area to plant more trees and increase forest cover to the required 10%.

“We are having rains in our region and this should be the right time to increase the forest cover, lets utilize the rains to make our environment greener”, he added.

According to County ecosystem conservator George Mac Ooko, they were
targeting to plant at least 5,000 trees per a site in the 47 counties.

He said that Nyamira had surpassed the target in the launch yesterday and called upon the local community to come and partner in planting the trees during this rain season.

MacOoko said that Nyamira has achieved 7% tree cover.