Kenya Forestry urged to learn from Israel

Tuesday February 23 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta receives a bouquet of

President Uhuru Kenyatta receives a bouquet of flowers from 5 year old Lynn Ngugi when he arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Kenya Forestry Service (KFS) to partner with an Israeli organization to increase forest cover in Kenya.

President Kenyatta who was speaking at the Grove of the Nations in Jerusalem day said KFS and the Foreign Ministry should sign an agreement with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL- JNF).

“I ask the forestry service and the foreign ministry to fast-track the Memorandum of Understanding to gain from the great strides Israel has made on environment,” President Kenyatta said.

KKL-JNF are specialist in reclaiming dry land and deserts ecosystems and have been instrumental of increasing the forest cover in Israel.


President Kenyatta said Kenya could learn from the Israeli experience that saw them plant 250 million trees over the last few years.

Kenya on the other hand has seen the loss of 6.5 per cent of its forest cover, or around 241,000ha between 1990 and 2010 alone.

The President also called on a KKL-JNF project which is engaging 132 farms have in Turkana to be expanded to encourage irrigation in areas where rain fed agriculture is a problem.

The agreement will be part of the deals President Kenyatta expects to draw from the Jewish state during his three-day state visit.

The Kenyan head of state yesterday held bilateral talks with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on security agriculture and trade ties.