Development Diaries: BUSIA governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said his government will use Sh150million to plant trees.

He said the trees will be planted in all public and private institutions in order to conserve the environment.

Speaking at the Busia GK prison after commissioning the planting of one million trees yesterday, Ojaamong said soil erosion has damaged rural access roads in most parts of the county due to lack of trees. “Only three per cent of Busia County is under forest cover. Unless urgent measures are taken Busia will become a desert soon,” he said.

He said the Busia county assembly will make laws that will make it mandatory for residents and institutions to plant trees.

“Proper environmental conservation will make Busia an ecotourism destination,” Ojaamong said.

Environment executive Yaite Krade said all county representatives should engage stakeholders from their areas to ensure they have planted 500,000 trees.

Busia county forest coordinator James Were said legal action will be taken against those who cut trees.

“The law will soon catch up with those engaging in arbitrary cutting of trees for charcoal burning,” he said.

By Gilbert Ochieng

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