The Country Coordinator Participatory Ecological Land Use Management Association (PELUM} Uganda Ms Stella Lutalo has urged farmers to practice planting of indigenous trees in order to boost agro forestry in the country.
“We will engage our members across the country and government agencies to undertake regeneration agriculture initiatives such as farmer managed natural regeneration and agro forestry to increase tree cover which will lead to increased farm productivity and resilience to climate change effects” she said.
Ms Lutalo made the remarks during the national launch of a one year 2.5 million tree planting campaign across the country by PELUM and partners Plant Genetic Resources Centre, botanical gardens Entebbe “We recognize the high rates of deforestation that has been experienced for decades. The campaign will contribute to national initiatives which are already in place through planting and regeneration of indigenous trees to enhance resilience, productivity and other economic eco –services” she said.
The assistant commissioner, Crop production at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Fisheries (MAAIF) Mr John Ludungokol said there is need to rejuvenate the environment to ensure climate viability for proper agricultural practices and curbing of natural disasters that are occuring in the country.
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