By Ndungu Gachane.
Principal Secretary for Water and Irrigation Joseph Wairagu has directed the County Security team to partner with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to deal with monkeys taking advantage of the increased forest cover in Muranga County.
The PS who addressed locals at Kiambicho forest in Kiharu on Friday said while the forest cover in Muranga has gone up to 14.5 per cent, a positive note for conservation of environment, velvet monkeys have found safe havens in trees and have now become a security threat.
He said the County Security team and the KWS must discuss on how to tame the wildlife and the trees which are also important in water towers.
“There was a time when one could not get firewood in Muranga as there were no trees, locals took up the afforestation campaign seriously but monkeys have found homes in these trees,” the PS said adding that it was a management issue that needed to be addressed.
The PS who presided over the tree planting ceremony under the celebrations of Africa Public Service Day donated over 2000 avocado tree seedlings to farmers from the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) formerly known as National Irrigation Board (NIB).
On her part Ms Nancy Muthoni, the Chief Officer for ICT at the Authority said they are establishing avocado tree seedlings countrywide which will be given to farmers in bid to kill two birds with one stone that is increasing the forest cover and at the same time fruits farming which shall translate to agribusiness.
“As the Authority we want farmers plant avocado tree seedlings to earn money and increase forest cover which is a win win situation,” said Ms Muthoni.
She enumerated other projects being undertaken by the Authority across the Country such as water pans for farmers for irrigation purposes