The First Lady of Kenya, Mama Rachel Ruto, has launched the Centre of Excellence in Nursery Management at Maasai Mara University in Narok County.
The center, established in partnership with the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, aims to empower youth and women to bring about positive change in their communities through tree nursery management.
By providing training and best practices, the center will equip individuals with the skills needed to establish sustainable and profitable commercial tree nurseries.
With the ambitious goal of planting 15 billion trees by 2032, it is crucial to increase the supply of quality tree seedlings.
Tree nurseries play a vital role in large-scale tree-planting campaigns, and the Centre of Excellence will support the national tree-planting goals by ensuring a steady supply of healthy tree seedlings and saplings.
In addition to the launch of the center, the First Lady also led a clean-up exercise in Narok town, where she donated 100 bins to the Narok County Government through Mama Doing Good.
The First Lady’s commitment to environmental conservation was further demonstrated as she interacted with learners at St. Mary’s Secondary School and St. Mary’s Primary School in Narok, where 3,000 tree seedlings were planted and 2,000 fruit seedlings were distributed to 10 schools for the establishment of Mama Fruits Gardens..
The event was attended by various leaders, including Patrick Ntutu, the Governor of Narok County, Prof. Peninah Aloo-Obudho, the Vice Chancellor of Maasai Mara University, and Agnes Pareiyo, the Narok North Member of Parliament.
The collective efforts of these leaders and the involvement of the First Lady highlight the importance of preserving and restoring our environment for future generations.