Kitui County Gvt launches drive to plant 2 million tree seedlings



On Tuesday, 15 November 2022 -The County Government of Kitui kicked off a countywide exercise to plant two million tree seedlings during the ongoing rainy season.

The drive, which seeks to enhance the county’s forest cover besides alleviating the prevailing adverse climate change, is part of Governor Julius Malombe’s 16-point sectoral agendas.

Acting Environment CEC Meshack Kyalo said the tree seedlings will be distributed for planting in public institutions such as schools, health centres, market centres, chiefs’ camps and individual farmers, among others.

He was speaking at Museve Shrine in Kyangwithya East Ward, Kitui Central Sub-County, where he represented the Governor in the official launch of the ambitious environmental conservation initiative.

In his speech which the CEC read, Governor Malombe recalled the great milestone Kitui made in improving her forest cover during his first tenure.

“Through this initiative, Kitui County was rated as the most improved county in Kenya for increasing forest cover from 3.9 to the current 7.08 percent. We are targeting to achieve the recommended 10 percent forest cover by 2025” read part of the speech.

The Governor noted that the improvement saw Kitui feted with two awards by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

The County Chief also appealed for continued support from KFS, KEFRI, NDMA, NGOs as well as civil society, faith-based and community-based organizations towards *success of the initiative.

Officials of KFS, KEFRI, Kenya Water Towers Agency, NEMA, Water Resources Authority, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, SNV-Craft and Caritas-Kitui also graced the launch.