KISII: Kisii County is set to plant over 110,000 tree seedlings in observance of the National Tree Growing Day on November 13. Tom Anjere, the County Commissioner, announced the initiative during a press briefing in Kisii town, confirming that preparations are complete.
According to Kenya News Agency, The county’s multi-agency committee has been instrumental in mobilizing resources, particularly in sourcing seedlings and identifying planting sites. Anjere encouraged Kisii residents to participate actively in this environmental conservation effort, emphasizing the importance of combating climate change.
Specific planting targets include 20,000 seedlings at Nyansaria Hills in Kisii South Sub County and 10,000 at Nyangweta forest, with the remainder distributed across various sub-counties. Anjere assured that the ongoing national KCSE exams will not be disrupted, as students will participate in tree planting activities over the weekend.
The main celebration, to be held at Nyansaria Hills, will be presided over by Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo. Stakeholders involved in this initiative include the Kisii County Government, Kenya Forest Service, NEMA, banking institutions, the business community, NGOs, and educational institutions.
This tree planting drive aligns with Kenya’s Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Programme, which aims to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.