How one misses millions over basics in tree growing – expert advice

Mr Derick Kirungi, Executive Director for Climate Alert and Forest Conservation Trust (CAFCT).

Much as many people have in the past decade embraced tree growing privately for both commercial and conservation reasons, many have not benefited to their expectations.

Some have instead incurred financial loses and also harmed the ecosystem ignorantly.

This information is extracted from Mr Derick Kirungi, Executive Director for Climate Alert and Forest Conservation Trust (CAFCT), a civil society organisation based in Hoima district during an interview with Kazi-njema online radio.

Mr Kirungi highlights that on many occasions tree growers have failed to observe the principle of specie and site matching which helps to define which tree species will grow in a certain soil.

“You find someone is expecting Shs100m after harvest but he gets Shs60m yet he invested in a lot. You can’t plant pine trees in shallow soils and expect results. Similarly, it is unwise to degrade a natural forest because you want to plant commercial trees. You will be killing the natural environment which is determines our livelihoods”, says Mr Kirungi.

Mr Derick Kirungi, Executive Director for Climate Alert and Forest Conservation Trust (CAFCT), supervises his tree nursery bed at Dwoli Village in Kitoba Sub-county, Hoima District.

The environmentalist compares the principle of specie and site matching with human body which has hair on certain parts and bare in some parts by God’s design.

“Just look at your face and see. The eyebrows cannot be found in the forehead.  To benefit from your tree growing initiative, you also need to space your trees accordingly”, he adds.

Mr Derick Kirungi, Executive Director for Climate Alert and Forest Conservation Trust (CAFCT)

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This story is published with support from Global Greengrants Fund (GGF).

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