Rubanda schools in tree-planting campaign

By Job Namanya

Farmers were told to adopt smart agricultural practices that will ensure improved climatic conditions

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PIC: Kwesiga addressing students at Nyamweru Secondary School recently. (Credit: Job Namanya)

ENVIRONMENT

RUBANDA - Following the increasing effects of climate change in Kigezi region, an environmentalist has embarked on a move to promote environmental conservation in the region.

Milton Kwesiga, the executive director of Africa Disaster Reduction Research Emergency Mission, says this is meant to encourage the planting of trees in schools.

The campaign was launched on Thursday in Rubanda district at Nyamweru Secondary School and Kyokyezo Primary School both. Over 40 seedlings were given to schools to encourage tree-planting.

According to Kwesiga, approaching the climate change challenge using the youth and children will see a long-lasting solution to the problem.

He urged farmers in the region to adopt smart agricultural practices that will ensure better and improved climatic conditions.

“We need our farmers to start observing the traditional practices of contours, terraces and proper drainage,” he added.

Over 40 seedlings were given to schools to encourage tree-planting

Enock Garosya, the Nyamweru Secondary School PTA chairperson, hailed the move, saying it will encourage locals to participate in environmental conservation.

“We are glad that people have started responding to our needs. If such strategies continue, we shall bid farewell to effects of floods in this area,” he said.

Medard Turanyomwe, the headteacher of Nyamweru S S, asked learners to be good change agents and to spread the message of environmental conservation to their communities.

In September last year, heavy rains hit Rubanda district. Seventeen people died and several houses and gardens were destroyed.