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Tree planting exercise in TransNzoia County

The Cabinet Secretary for Education Ezekiel Machogu launched the National tree planting exercise at Kimothon forest station in Saboti sub-county, TransNzoia County on Monday 13th November 2023. In his remarks, the CS thanked the local community for turning up in large numbers to support the tree planting drive where a total of 34,000 seedlings were planted during the colorful event of which 10,000 planted seedlings were indigenous tree species.

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu plants a tree in TransNzoia County during the launch of the tree planting drive on Monday 13th November 2023.

The Cabinet Secretary said the National tree planting initiative will boost the country’s forest cover which currently stands at twelve (12) percent adding that the Government aims to increase the cover to thirty (30) percent by the year 2032. Machogu reminded the locals of the importance of trees in improving soil quality, prevention of soil erosion, rain provision and job creation. He further underscored the importance of trees as a source of food, clean oxygen, medicine, pollution prevention and above all, climate change agents. 

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu waters a tree after planting at Kimothon forest in TransNzoia County during the launch of the National tree planting drive.

The CS stated that “today’s initiative is part of Kenya’s landscape and ecosystem restoration programme towards growing 15 billion trees, which is being spearheaded by President William Ruto,”. He was accompanied by TransNzoia Governor George Natembeya, County Commissioner Gideon Oyagi, and other government officials.

CS Machogu later handed over tree seedlings to the area locals and urged them to ensure they plant at least 11.9 million trees annually to help the government achieve the target of 15 billion trees by 2032. The national tree planting exercise which was carried out in all counties targets to plant 100 million seedlings across the country.

Deputy Director Higher Education Dr. David Watene plants a tree at Kimothon forest during the launch of the tree planting campaign


The nationwide tree planting exercise is coordinated by county commissioners in their respective counties in collaboration with Kenya forest service county conservators, national environment management authority, county directors, all state and non-state stakeholders. The State Department for Higher Education and Research donated 1,000 tree seedlings in support of the exercise.

Government officers from the State Department for Higher Education and Research donate tree seedlings during the tree planting exercise in TransNzoia County.








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