November 22nd 2017

Society / Environment

Kenya Forest Service rolls out plan to get rid of plastics from forests

The director however pointed out that the grace period is for the seedlings that have already been planted for the next KFS planting season adding that any new seedlings at the moment will be planted on biodegradable bags.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comTuesday, 12 Sep 2017 13:45 EAT

The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has rolled out the forest cleaning exercise to get rid of plastic bags in all its 10 conservancies across the country, KFS director general Emillio Mugo has said.

Speaking today at the Kenya Forestry College in Londiani, Kericho County, where he attended the 41st graduation ceremony, Mugo said that his office has done a circular to all zonal offices to ensure that the exercise is conducted in conjunction with other stakeholders.

The director said that the exercise recently launched in the Ngong Forest is in support of the recent ban on plastic bags imposed by the National environment management authority- NEMA.

He said that KFS and NEMA have had an agreement to allow for the use of polythene bags for seedling production upto May next year.

The director however pointed out that the grace period is for the seedlings that have already been planted for the next KFS planting season adding that any new seedlings at the moment will be planted on biodegradable bags.

He said that already there are four firms involved in the manufacture of biodegradable bags in the country and KFS has already placed an order for the same.

While supporting the ban on plastic bags, Mugo said that there was need for members of the public to embrace the use of alternative carrier bags in order to conserve the environment.

Mugo challenged the graduands to seek employment in county governments given that they have well established environment and forest conservation structures. He appreciated the fact that the institution's graduates have the skills required in the management of forests.

The chairman of the Kenya Forestry College board of management Peter Kinyua reiterated the board’s commitment to supporting the college in order to meet the growing market demands.

Some 129 students were awarded diplomas and certificates in various disciplines with the number of those taking various courses this year rising to 156.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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