A meeting between NARO officials and the Rotarians

The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) and the Rotary Clubs of Uganda and Tanzania have today signed a five-year memorandum of understanding aimed at planting 20 million trees in different parts of the country.

Speaking at the signing held at Colline Hotel in Mukono, the NARO Director General Dr. Ambrose Agona said restoring depleted forest reserves will entice the younger generations to engage in environment-saving activities.

Under the theme ‘Go Green’, the partnership involves planting trees in areas with conducive weather and soil patterns, basing on research conducted by NARO.

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“Over 200,000 hectares of forests are depleted every year; we need to do a suitability map; we are not just going to plant trees anyhow and anywhere,” Dr. Agona said, adding that it is important to come up with all solutions of adaptation with focus on population growth.

In a related development, early this month the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga launched one million tree planting campaign at the National Water and Sewerage Corporation Resource Centre in Bugolobi, aimed at promoting environmental conservation and catchment protection.