According to the weatherman, the MET department, Western Kenya region is one of those regions bound to receive lots of rainfalls this season. Well at least, the Tanzanians have let go of the rain clouds from their hold, so it seems.

Our forest cover or rather vegetative cover is way below the global minimum as a country that is 15% forest cover. Kisumu County and the region is very well below this global standard, and that brings the question, what can we do to increase our forest covers?

The rains have been a lot here, these last months, did we take time to plant one, two or three trees, with these rains?

We complain a lot that the area is hot, but do we really know the value trees add to our lives and the environment? It helps cool our temperatures, purify the air we breathe, and also helps us attract even more rainfall.

In the driest parts of Kisumu County, in Nyakach Sub-County stands one man, who is committed to ensuring that we have as many tree seedlings as can be needed to be planted this rainy season. Anyone from Nyakach will tell you that this sub-county is always as hot as hell-fire itself.

This man, Joshua Agango has however decided to set up a farm with over 10,000 seedlings currently, various trees species and even fruit trees, and the farm is now more than expanding with as many as hundred thousand of trees seedlings that he wants to nurture in this corner of Kenya.

A visit to his farm was a shock on me. I even asked myself if this was really Kisumu County. Yes, it is. And my home area, just to set the record straight.

See images below.

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Tree seedlings ready for transplanting
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Shamba with pawpaw tree seedlings already planted
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More tree seedlings

If you’d like to get various tree species for your farm/home, please get in touch with us and we shall link you up with Joseph so that you get at least 20 trees seedlings for your farm. Be they fruit trees, ornamental trees or any other trees you may want to plant in your shambas.

We can totally plant trees in this part of Kenya. It is possible to even do agroforestry here. We have the best soils for that matter and even expansive acres of land that are fallow.

With these rains, we shouldn’t let it go to waste, we should strive to plant as many trees as possible.

I see people who have built very outstanding homes in the countryside all over the county and country, but what’s lacking are trees, to even seat under during these hot weather we normally have.

Our beautiful country shouldn’t be dotted only with beautiful-iron-roofed concrete jungle houses, the more reasons the houses are too hot during both the day and night, while we could cool the temperatures with trees in our yards and lawns.

And now, with the rainy season here with us, I would like to encourage us to consider planting as many trees as possible in your homes and neighbourhoods.

It is what we owe our children’s children.

We owe them a balanced ecosystem that is able to provide cover and natural resources for the future generation.

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State of River Nyando in April 2019, after it had nearly dried up.

We have seen many of our rivers dry up. The Kajulu River dried up recently in Kisumu, and everybody pressed the panic button, everybody cried of dry taps and water rationing. Nyando River in Ahero almost dried up, you could see the rocks in its rock-bottom.

Mara River in the world famous Maasai Mara National Park also dried up, just last month. And the wild animals and the surrounding communities felt the pangs of this dried up river.

We can start now and plant trees in this rainy season. And guarantee us that in the next five years, we shall have an aesthetically appealing, a beautiful and wonderful environment that we would be proud of.

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