The new Farm Forest rules shall be enforced to promote and maintain farm forest cover of at least 10 per cent of every agricultural land holding. This will preserve and sustain the environment in combating climate change.
Agriculture Minister, Mr. William Ruto made the announcement when he launched the national agro-forestry tree planting ceremony held at Ngarariga trading centre in Kiambu West district on April 9, 2010.
Agriculture Minister, Hon. William Ruto assists a young farmer to plant a tree at Ngarariga market in Kiambu West District. The tree planting cermony preceded the National launch of the newly gazetted Farm Forest Rules, for purposes of promoting and maintaining farm forest cover of at least ten per cent of every agriculture land holding.
Agro-forestry is the integration of trees and shrubs in the farming systems. This is in the form of woodlots, planting on soil conservation structures, along boundaries and hedges, river banks, as fodder banks, intercrops and ornamentals. Mr. Ruto asked farmers to support government efforts in increasing the country’s forest cover from the present two per cent to10 per cent.
He said the policy initiative was in line with the Kyoto Protocol of 2005 which commit member countries to reduce their collective Green House gas emission by 5.2% from the 1990 levels. The protocol aims to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level that would minimize human activities interference with the climate system.
Minister Ruto directed the Provincial and District Agriculture Boards to follow suit by launching the programme within their respective areas so as to mobilise farmers plant trees countrywide.
“Every district agricultural officer will start tree nurseries so as to enable farmers access seedlings for easy planting,’’ he stressed.
The Minister was flanked by the Nyayo Tea Zones Managing Director, Mrs. Anne Kinyua, the Central Agriculture Board (CAB) Chairman, Mr. Gershom Nzuva, and the District Agricultural Officer Mrs. Anne Kaimbari, among others.