By Obed Kithende
The prime Minister for Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Joseph Kule Muranga has asked the people in the Rwenzori region to embrace Bamboo tree planting along the river banks as one way of mitigating the effects of climatic change faced in the region.
Muranga made the call on Wednesday while closing one day training for the Rwenzori Bamboo Nursery bed operators on proper management of bamboo seeds and seedlings.
The training organized by National Forestry Authority was held at Rwenzori international university project premises in Kasese town.
According to Muranga, National Forestry Authority has partnered with Obusinga Bwa-Rwenzururu to popularize the planting of bamboo trees along rivers especially Nyamwamba, Nyamugasani and Lhubiriha and also on bare hills.
Muranga says Bamboo trees will not only serve as in mitigating the effects climatic changes but is also going to be a source of income to the people who will embrace the project.
Micheal Malinga the National project coordinator International Bamboo and Ration organization says the program if implemented well, will enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits by developing inclusive and sustainable industrial Bamboo Vale chain resulting in enhanced livelihood opportunities.
Ben Sunday Muhindo the chairperson Rwenzori Bamboo Nursery Bed operators told our reporters that through the partnership with National Forestry Authority, Kasese is going to have a long lasting floods solution since Bamboo trees has been choosen to be planted in the river valleys.
Sunday says the bamboo trees would also help in reducing Cabornimonoxide and gives oxygen to the people.
He says if the project of planting trees is implemented, the problem of soil erosion will be a history in Kasese District.