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Kyaggwe County Embark on Planting of Indigenous Tree Species

Elijah Bogeere Mulembya, the Kyaggwe County Head (Ssekiboobo) notes that the county has lost most of its natural forests to timber dealers who have destroyed animal habitats and sources of nutrition.
Ssekiboobo launching planting of indignous trees at Ntenjeru sub county.

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Kyaggwe County has embarked on planting indigenous tree species to save the area from environmental hazards resulting from continued deforestation.


The program officially commenced on Wednesday evening at Ntenjeru sub county (Ggombolola) headquarters with the planting of over 400 trees out of the 5000 trees received from the National Forestry Authority through Mukono district.

The planted trees include mahogany milcia excelsa (mvule), maesopsis eminii (musizi) Prunus Africana (Entaseesa) and musambya trees.  The remaining 4600 tree seedlings were distributed to residents and institutions such as schools and churches for planting.

The county together with Mengo environmental department has also secured 2000 tree seedlings to be planted by each sub-county. Kyaggwe comprises fourteen sub-counties.  Elijah Bogeere Mulembya, the Kyaggwe County Head (Ssekiboobo) notes that the county has lost most of its natural forests to timber dealers who have destroyed animal habitats and sources of nutrition.  

Ssekiboobo notes that the government has authorized the establishment of factories in many parts of Kyaggwe that pollute the environment yet trees that would reduce carbon monoxide have been cut down. 

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Kyaggwe County comprises Mukono and Buikwe districts. However, it has for so long struggled to conserve forest reserves. In Buikwe, parts of Mabira forest have been cut down for sugarcane growing.


At Mukono, the three major forests of Namyoya, Zirimiti and Namanve have been destroyed for settlement. Records at NFA indicate that Namanve forest had been reserved as a catchment area for the various pollutants from Namanve industrial business park, which has been depleted.    

Steven Ssekitoleko, a resident at Mukono notes that indigenous trees used to provide herbal medicine but they are now buying herbal medicine from countries such as China. 

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Dr. Fred Mukulu, the Mukono District Production Officer has applauded the Ssekiboobo for the initiative of tree planting, saying it is a good method that will help conserve the environment as the government also solves wrangles surrounding the forest reserves to ensure reforestation.                                      

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