Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said certification of local tree products to international standards will give access for Kenyan products in the international markets. The PS has said by ensuring quality control and standardization of the tree products in all value chains, individuals with big land will be attracted to venture commercial tree farming. Speaking in his office when he met officials from the Forest Society of Kenya (FSK), the PS said nature based enterprises should be utilized to create jobs for the youths, whom he encouraged to consider up take of tree planting and growing as commercial ventures. He added that the certificate will ensure production of quality seedlings and provide guidelines for seedlings sale in the country. “We have directed Kenya Forest service and Kenya Forestry Research Institute to register and certify all tree nurseries in the country, this certification will ensure quality seedlings, for national tree planting campaign,” Said the PS. Dr. Kiptoo called on the FSK officials to support the government’s tree planting campaign which aims at increasing the county’s forest cover to 10 percent, by raising awareness on tree planting and growing and educate communities living around forests to avoid encroachment and destruction of forests.
PS Dr. Kiptoo and members of the Forest Society of Kenya in a group photo. The society leaders assured the PS of their support in driving and achieving the governments’ initiative of 10% forest cover in the country.
The FSK Chairman Ben Wamugunda, said the society was keen on collaborating with the relevant government agencies and experts to ensure proper standardization of forest products, and development of custody records to help track forests products so as open opportunities for tree farmers. He added that FSK will partner with the government to promote sustainable forest management practices which will in turn contribute to sustainable forest resource utilization and management.