Written by Carren Papai
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The government through the Ministry of Forestry has planted 1.5 million trees since the launch of the exercise April this year with Teso District receiving 3, ooo trees.
Teso Zonal Forest Manager, Elijah Kitum said the aim of the tree planting was geared towards achieving 10 per cent tree cover in the Nation.
Addressing residents in Angurai division in Teso North during an exercise of tree planting day, the zonal forest manager said environment is the country’s wealth and urged residents to conserve water catchment areas and stop cutting trees anyhow.
During the event over 3,000 trees were distributed to farmers with a warning that they plant them in their farms to help the government achieve 10% tree cover.
Teso North DC, Josephine Onunga revealed that elders in the past used to discuss their cultural issues and sensitive matters under trees but regretted the fashion had changed with all trees destroyed.
The DC emphasized the need for tree planting saying that they facilitate cultural issues like building cottages.
She however cautioned parents against misusing the seedlings they had been given for free by the government and promised to ensure maintenance of the trees.
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