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Mt Kenya can reap Sh12bn from trees, says official

Wednesday October 16 2013

PHOTO | FILE Guara Wambarire, a staff at Serena Mountain Lodge, distributes tree seedlings to his colleagues and residents of Hombe during a tree planting drive at Mt Kenya Forest on April 22, 2013 to mark the Earth Day where over 5000 seedlings were planted. A KWS official has said the Mt Kenya region has the potential of earning Sh12 billion annually from the growing and selling of tree seedlings.

PHOTO | FILE Guara Wambarire, a staff at Serena Mountain Lodge, distributes tree seedlings to his colleagues and residents of Hombe during a tree planting drive at Mt Kenya Forest on April 22, 2013 to mark the Earth Day where over 5000 seedlings were planted. A KWS official has said the Mt Kenya region has the potential of earning Sh12 billion annually from the growing and selling of tree seedlings.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

The Mount Kenya region has the potential of earning Sh12 billion annually from the growing and selling of tree seedlings, according to a Kenya Wildlife official.

Speaking in Nyeri at a forum that brought together various Community Forest Association groups, Kenya Forests Services head of conservancy in Central Highlands region, Mr John Wachihi, said some well-managed CFAs in the region have posted impressive results in the past.

“It is possible for the central region to earn between Sh10 billion to Sh12 billion annually from growing trees but the biggest challenge is leadership wrangles in the groups, “said Mr Wachihi.

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He said the fight for leadership in the groups is undermining their objectives.

He called for a participatory democracy in the groups saying some well-managed groups have made great strides.

He gave the example of Gathiuru CFA, which he said has realised Sh580 million in four years due to sound leadership.