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15-Billion Tree Planting Campaign On Course, CS Mvurya

Mining, Blue Economy, and Maritime Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Salim Mvurya, has affirmed that the government’s commitment to plant 15 billion trees across the country by 2032 is steadily progressing.

Speaking at the planting of 60,000 mangrove seedlings in Kipini, Tana Delta Sub-County, Mvurya urged local communities to participate actively in the initiative.

‘The tree planting exercise is a big step in achieving our set targets towards curbing the adverse effects of climate change. In particular, the planting of mangrove trees in Kipini is a great idea that helps address the problem of flooding and other negative effects of climate change in the area,’ he said.

In addition, Mvurya announced that plans are underway to construct a fish landing site in Kipini, enhancing the local fishing industry.

‘Before the end of this month, we want to come and launch the construction of the fish landing site here. On the same day, we will also disburse Sh206 million to fisherfolk groups in the area,’ he said.

Noting th
at the government has already purchased 150 boats for fishermen in the Coast region, Mvurya said that some will be allocated to groups in Kipini.

He added that 150 youths from Tana River County will receive free training to become coxswains, equipping them with skills to improve their fishing activities, while another 50 youths will be trained in making life jackets.

On the campaign against Muguka and its negative effects, Mvurya emphasised the need for stronger laws to protect the youth from the herb.

‘The same force used against illicit brews and hard drugs should be applied to Muguka,’ he stated.

Others who attended the event included Tana River Governor Major (Rtd) Dhadho Gaddae Godhana, Deputy Governor Mahat Ali Loka, Senator Danson Buya Mungatana, and Kipini MCA Abubakar Mohamed Athman.

Maritime Affairs and Shipping PS Geoffrey Kaituko and senior officials from the State Departments of Mining and Blue Economy also participated in the mangrove planting exercise, which was attended by hundreds of loc
al residents.

Source: Kenya News Agency