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Kericho TVET to mobilize students in planting 350,000 trees

Kericho TVET to mobilize students in planting 350,000 trees


Wednesday May 15, 2024

KNA by Kipyegon Mutai

Kericho County Technical and Vocational College (TVET) has mobilized students and staff in a drive aimed at planting a total of 350,000 trees in Kericho by 2032, as directed by President William Ruto, as a measure to avert the negative effects of climate change.

The over 500 students and members of staff in the Institution, have been urged to continue participating in the tree planting exercise, until the target is reached.

Speaking during the tree planting exercise at the Kericho Township Primary School, the Institution’s Deputy Principal, Mr Wilson Koskey, said so far they have planted15,000 seedlings since the President issued the directive.

Koskei added that a tree nursery had been prepared in the Institution, courtesy of the Kenya Forest Service, to help them achieve the target and that once the seedlings were ready, they would distribute them to the community for continuous planting.

“We started planting the trees last year and we managed to plant at least 3,000 trees along Kapsoit River and 700 trees within the College. We have also distributed 15,000 trees to schools around the Motobo area and farmers in our neighbourhood,” said Koskey.

Koskey said, during the National Tree Planting Day, the institution distributed tree seedlings among the members of staff for them to plant in their homes, adding that by end of June this year, all staff members will each have planted 30 seedlings.

At the same time, Assistant County Commissioner for Ainamoi Division, Wilkister Alao, urged everyone to strive towards achieving the set targets and nurture the trees to ensure 100 percent survival.

“The only method we can use to combat climate change is by ensuring that trees are planted all over. We all felt the effects of the recent floods and we should plant as many trees as possible,” said Alao.

Kericho County Director for TVET, Mr. Benard Cheruiyot, thanked the Institution for spearheading the tree planting initiative and leading by example.

“The government is playing a key role in ensuring that the country’s forest cover is improved and maintained by all means and I want to sincerely appreciate the step this institution has taken to push the presidential directive on tree planting to the next level. The environment unforgiving if measures are not taken to conserve it,” said Mr Cheruiyot.

Meanwhile, Kericho County Director for Basic Education, Mr. Stephen Koneshi, pointed out that it was important to inculcate a culture of environmental conservation to the children by planting trees.

“Let us take the initiative of educating our children on the importance of environmental conservation. It is one thing to plant a tree and another thing to nurture it to maturity. I therefore urge all the students to give their input in maintaining the trees which we planted today.’’He stated.

Also present during the exercise, Kapkugerwet Member of the County Assembly (MCA), Mr. Martin Cheruiyot, emphasized on the need to plant trees to reduce the effects of climate change.

“The mission is complete once trees have been planted and taken care of. We should always be proactive in all matters pertaining to tree planting and environmental conservation in general. It will be for our good and the good of future generations,” Mr. Cheruiyot added.

The leaders called upon the stakeholders to help the Assistant Chiefs to establish tree-nurseries in their Sub locations, as the initiative will ensure steady supply of seedlings for planting.

Courtesy; KNA

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