Kibaale’s diminishing forest cover irks minister

Kibaale- The State minister for Environment has expressed concern over the level of environmental degradation in Kibaale District.

Ms Flavia Munaaba said she is saddened by the high rate of deforestation and swamp reclamation, warning that failure to halt the practice would be disastrous to the future existence of people in the district.

“We are so violent towards trees without knowing that when we destroy them we are destroying ourselves. Let us be friendly with the environment and avoid destroying it,” Ms Munaaba told farmers and district leaders in Nalweeyo Sub-county recently.

She was presiding over the launch of the natural regeneration model, which teaches farmers to preserve tree stumps and support them to regenerate and inter crop with trees. The model is supported by World Vision Uganda.

The minister was alluding to a report presented by the district chairperson, Mr George Namyaka, indicating that the district loses about 8,000 hectares of forests annually through opening land for cultivation.

Ms Munaaba said the trend has negative consequences for the environment that includes reduced rainfall, soil erosion, floods among others.

Mr Namyaka said the district has embarked on several measures to curb the trend by planting more than 170,000 tree seedlings of various species annually.

fmugerwa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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