Farmers’ Body Back State Tree Planting Program In Bomet

The Kenya National Farmers Federation (KENAFF) has embarked on a significant tree-planting initiative in Bomet County, aligning with the government’s ambitious agenda of planting 15 billion trees by the year 2030.

With a commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture, KENAFF aims to plant 1 billion trees within the same timeframe, contributing to national efforts to combat climate change and promote biodiversity.

Speaking at a tree planting event held in Seanin, Konoin, Bomet County, Sharon Cherono, the Program Manager at KENAFF, underscored the organization’s dedication to the cause.

‘We are committed to planting 1 billion trees by 2030, in line with the government’s vision for a greener and more sustainable future,’ said Cherono.

‘To ensure the success of our tree planting program, we have established three nurseries in Bomet, where farmers can easily access quality seedlings at affordable prices.’

The tree planting event, attended by residents and local leaders, saw the planting
of over ten thousand tree seedlings, marking a significant step towards achieving KENAFF’s ambitious goal.

Konoin Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Daniel Mutemi commended the initiative and urged the county government to take further action in promoting environmental conservation, particularly within the tea industry.

‘I call upon the county government to develop a policy that mandates tea factories to plant sufficient trees for both processing and environmental conservation purposes,’ urged Mutemi.

‘We need to prioritize sustainability in our agricultural practices, and tree planting plays a crucial role in mitigating climate change and preserving our natural resources.’

Furthermore, Mutemi encouraged farmers, especially the youth, to actively engage in tree planting activities as a means of generating income and promoting environmental stewardship.

‘Instead of cutting down trees, I urge our youth to establish tree nurseries and engage in the sale of seedlings,’ he emphasized.

‘By doing so, they not
only contribute to environmental conservation but also create economic opportunities for themselves.’

Source: Kenya News Agency