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North Rift farmers plant trees on high demand for energy

The farmers are cultivating eucalyptus and bamboo as a substitute for fuel needs and income generation owing to their fast maturity rate. PHOTO | FILE
The farmers are cultivating eucalyptus and bamboo as a substitute for fuel needs and income generation owing to their fast maturity rate. PHOTO | FILE 

Cereal farmers in the North Rift are investing in commercial tree planting to combat soil degradation and provide affordable fuel.

The farmers are cultivating eucalyptus and bamboo as a substitute for fuel needs and income generation owing to their fast maturity rate.

“Farm forestry, and in particular bamboo is perfect alternative source of safe wood fuel and income apart from cereal production,” said Peter Boit, Uasin Gishu-based farmer who has diversified into tree planting.

Environmentalists said bamboo cultivation curbs deforestation and mitigates climate change.