President William Ruto has stated that the reason why Kenya has not been successful in planting tress is because of failing to pay before engaging in the exercise.
According to the head of state, tree planting has both spiritual and physical connections, which should be taken seriously.
“I was honored to join the list of world leaders who have planted tress at the Groove of Nations Jerusalem Forest. That event has given me a new meaning for tree planting, it is not only a good thing to protect our environment, but it is also Biblical and it is also spiritual,”Ruto said.
“I found that we have to pray before we plant trees. We’ve always tried to plant trees in Kenya and our success has been mixed. I think we didn’t have have the element of prayer. Now that we do ,I am very confident that we will succeed in our plan o plant 15B tress in the next 10 years.”
In December 2022, The president launched a tree restoration program aimed at combating the effects of climate change in the country.
The program aims to plant 15 billion trees by 2032 in a bid to reduce greenhouse emissions, stop and reverse deforestation, and restore 5.1M hectares of deforested landscapes.
The government has also launched a program to distribute 100 t of seeds to 18 seed centres across the country, which will produce 15B seedlings.
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