Kenya Army troops joined hands with a team from the United States Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to conduct at tree planting exercise at Kampi ya Chumvi in Isiolo on 12th April 2023. The tree planting exercise is in line with the Commander-in-Chief’s national tree restoration campaign dubbed National Programme for Accelerated Forestry and Rangelands Restoration aimed at mitigating the devastating effects of climate change.
Commanding Officer 88 Artillery Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Jackson Kutto, who presided over the exercise urged the troops to upscale the efforts to grow trees so as to boost forest cover thus conserving the environment and help attract rainfall that is critical in supporting agricultural activities.
‘‘We must support the National Government’s efforts of environment conservation by planting trees and nurturing them to maturity both in the military establishments and our residence. These efforts are critical in improving forest cover that has been depleted by manmade activities and effects of climate change,’’ said Lieutenant Colonel Kutto.
The SFAB team leader Captain Travis Crites commended the KDF for their environment conservation efforts through the Environmental Soldier Programme that is vital in providing Kenya with total national defence.
During the tree planting drive over 3,000 tree seedlings were planted in the military cantonment. Most of the tree seedlings planted comprised of Acacia and neem trees. The tree species can survive well in areas with limited water and grow well up to maturity.