The Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) will by the end of this year store up to 300 metric tons of certified tree seeds that if successfully developed, will translate to three billion tree seedlings.
This follows the government’s effort to strategically build the capacity of KEFRI to have more seed centers that will store certified seed to be availed to stakeholders who partner with the government in the Kenya greening project policy.
The project is aimed at increasing the country’s forest cover from 7 per cent to 10 per cent by 2030. Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo said with the government’s investment, KEFRI is going to increase its seed centers to 18 nationally from the initial one center, based at Muguga, Kiambu County. Speaking during the distribution of certified tree seeds from KEFRI to six regional development
agencies at the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) tree nursery in Eldoret, Dr. Kiptoo said supporting
KEFRI increase its capacity in certified seed development and distribution is aimed at restoring and
rehabilitating degraded areas.