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Afforestation drive launched in Mt Elgon

19 April 2013, 15:25 Arap Yego

The Catholic church in Cheptais, Bungoma County, has launched a major afforestation drive that is targeting to plant over 6 000 tree seedlings in the region during this rainy season.

Speaking to journalists in Cheptais town, Father Protus Wosianju, the Parish Priest of Sirisia in Bungoma Diocese revealed that over 2 200 tree seedlings have been planted in a piece of land in Kimaswa Village in Mt Elgon Sub-County, that has been earmarked for the building of a new parish headquarters.

Wosianju said they are carrying out the exercise as a way of heeding to the plea of Pope Francis I during his inauguration at the Vatican, Rome, where he urged the members of the church globally to conserve the environment.

"As a church we are concerned by the diminishing forest cover in the country. I have appealed to members of my church to plant more trees in the area because of their innumerable obvious benefits," said Father Wosianju, adding that other clerics in the church have been urged to mobilize their flock to plant trees to assist in conserving the environment.

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