President William Ruto now says tree growing in Kenya will continue for the next six months. 

Speaking on Friday, May 10, after leading a nationwide tree-planting campaign in Kiambicho Forest in Maragùa, Mùrang’a County, the Head of State said that planting and growing trees is also the solution that will mitigate the effects of climate change. 

“Planting of trees will continue each day beginning next Monday with each ministry participating daily for the next six months so that we have a collective effort in conserving and restoring the environment,” President Ruto stated. 

Every ministry, he said, will have a day in which staff of various departments and agencies will plant trees in the specific areas they have been assigned. 

On Monday, he announced, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi will lead the tree-planting exercise.

This will be followed by all the other ministries until the government achieves the target of 15 billion trees by 2032.  

President Ruto affirmed that the government was keen on increasing the country’s forest cover from 12 percent to 30 percent.

“Climate change is a reality we live with every day. This is why we stopped all other business today to plant trees. We must look for a solution to climate change, and the solution is planting and growing trees,” said Ruto. 

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