24 March 2006

Uganda: NFA Launches Tree Planting Campaign

Kampala — THE National Forestry authority (NFA) has embarked on a campaign to plant more trees in the South Busoga forest reserve in Mayuge, which had been encroached on by residents.

The NFA law enforcement specialist in charge of encroachment, Godfrey Acaye, said timber-producing trees such as pines were being emphasised, adding that there was a likely shortage of its supply in future.

"This rainy season the residents will plant at least 252,000 pine trees on 180 hectares. It is a task they have willingly offered to do after being sensitised," Acaye said after a sensitisation workshop.

Closing the two-day workshop at Kityerera sub-county headquarters on Saturday, the outgoing south-eastern regional Police commander, Jerome Baryayanga, cautioned residents against environmental destruction.

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