Activist advocates for food tree planting for environmental protection in Albertine region

A mango tree in blossom. Environmentalists say food tree planting is vital for environmental protection, diet improvement and income generation.

As stakeholders continue sensitising people how to tap into oil opportunities, environmentalists advise that the same should be sensitised about cultivating, planting and conserving food and non-food woody vegetation to sink carbon from the impending oil refinery in Hoima District.

Mango, avocado, candlenut and bamboo are cited as among versatile trees that protect the environment besides improving general livelihood and diet.

Mr Tosh Bwana, a trustee at Umoja Conservation Trust, says advising people to plant such trees will result in the establishment of a green economy that will give posterity a sustainable leeway to ecological financial and dietary betterment.

To walk the talk, he says the Trust projects planting more than 60 million high value food trees including mangoes, avocadoes and jackfruits in the Albertine region to serve an abiding environmental protection complement moderating the high carbon emissions that will be produced by the oil refinery yet detrimental to biodiversity besides being a source of livelihood and diet.

Mr Bwana stresses that investing in food tree planting is a permanent non-environmental harmful venture than depending on the finite oil with precarious effects on the environment.

Mr Badru Mugabi, the Hoima Resident City Commissioner (RCC), says in a bid to restore the degraded environment in the city, the authorities plan to evict all encroachers and raze down structures that were constructed in wetlands as per the presidential directive.

He says the development will enable the restoration of wetlands that will eventually assist in the absorption of carbon, check air pollution and climate change that have dangerous effects on biodiversity for an environmentally better green city.

To rid wetlands of encroachers, the RCC says government is through the Agriculture Cluster Development (ACD) project providing irrigation equipment to farmers to facilitate environmental protection.

Mr Innocent Isingoma, the Hoima City Clerk, says a number of notices have already been issued to encroachers to vacate wetlands to ensure that they are protected from destruction.

He reveals that a team consisting of security personnel, technocrats and politicians has already been constituted to champion the eviction of wetland encroachers as mandated by the government.

The City Clerk reminds the encroachers of the chance the authorities gave to those who planted annual crops in wetlands to harvest them as early as Christmas time before law enforcement evicts them forcibly warning them never to return to them.

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