At Mont Rebero, City of Kigali Kicukiro District in Gatenga sector,The launch of 2018/2019 Tree Planting Season took place on 27 October 2018 during community work (Umuganda) where 180 ha of agroforestry and 30 hectares of woodlots will be planted, and 175 ha of degraded forest lands are being rehabilitated during 2018/2019 forest planting season.
Special community work (Umuganda) events will be continuously organised from October 2018 to April 2019 engaging local communities to prepare the planting sites, create contour lines, planting trees as well as grasses to fight against erosion on agricultural lands.
Marie Solange Kayisire, Minister in the Office of Primature in charge of Cabinet Affairs, joined the launch and thanked guests for joining Tree Planting Season launch and encourages everyone to be active in protecting and expanding Rwanda’s forests to build a green and healthy nation.
The celebration brought together Local residents, Government officials, Rwanda Defense Force, Rwanda National Police and the Private sector to plant trees.
This year’s Tree Planting Season was an opportunity to highlight the importance of trees in our lives and how we can generate wealth from forestry.
This year’s Tree Planting Season aims at increasing forest cover, rehabilitate degraded forests, protect soil and fight against erosion, as well as plant fruit trees to improve nutrition and food security. It was as well the opportunity to celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of National Tree Planting Day.
“These tree planting activities will be carried out in all districts throughout the entire planting season, A total of 38,119 hectares of agroforestry, 4,800 hectares of classic forestry and 225,440 fruit trees will be planted. In addition, 670 hectares of degraded forests will be rehabilitated countrywide throughout the season” Said Director General of the Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority, Mr. Prime Ngabonziza, during his interaction with the media about Tree Planting Season and activities taking place over the next coming few months
These efforts will support Rwanda to achieve the target of covering 30% of the country with forests. Today, that figure stands at 29.8%.
“I call on the community to protect the trees we have planted because our work would have been in vain if we have to replant again next season.” Added Jeanne Nyirahabimana – Mayor of Kicukiro district,
Not only the participation was high, Guests, Police and Military representatives, MoE staffs as well as local authorities celebrated the 43rd Anniversary of National Tree Planting day
Rwandans are encouraged to plant ornamental trees in their gardens and fruit trees around their homes and agricultural lands to contribute to food security. Ornamental trees will be planted in urban areas and IDP model green villages and along roadsides
The theme for this year’s season is “Plant Trees for Health and Wealth”