Plant Trees to Reduce On Disasters, Residents Told

MBALE- People in Bugisu Sub-region have been told to embrace tree planting as one of the ways of reducing the current disastrous events.

The Sub-region is experiencing heavy rainfall which has caused thick flooding in many parts, leaving locals homeless and with no food.

Manafwa, Namisidwa and Bududa are some of the highly affected localities.

Elgon Tree Planting Entrepreneurs (ETPE), a local Non Governmental Organization is mobilizing locals to start plating trees in quest to avert further bad effects in near future.

Locals loading their donation.

According to ETPE, the current disasters are caused by people who have cut down trees and left the land bare and susceptible to floods.

Francis Aluka the coordinator of the organization says that they are looking at planting over 10 million tress in Bugisu Sub-region and her surroundings.

“We are doing this to see that we can reduce on the climatic changes that are occurring in our districts. We have started with Rwangoro in Mbale district,” Aluka said.

James Mwale, the District Forest Officer for Mbale concurred with Aluka’s statement on tree cutting, adding that cutting down of tress leave the soils bare and crops always affected by strong winds.

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