The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) made an announcement on Sunday, revealing that it is currently in the process of conducting interviews for 4,000 Kenyan individuals who are candidates for the Green Army jobs Program.
This initiative is in alignment with President William Ruto’s ambitious agenda to achieve a 30% forest cover by the year 2023.
As part of this undertaking, the selected group of young Kenyan citizens will be entrusted with the task of planting a staggering 15 billion tree seedlings over the course of a decade. In practical terms, this translates to an annual target of 1.5 billion seedlings to be planted and nurtured by the Green Army.
The KFS has disclosed that applications have already been received, and the interviews for the program’s participants are scheduled to take place in the upcoming weeks.
Upon their successful enlistment, the individuals will become dedicated nursery workers, operating under the Ministry of Environment.
Their primary responsibilities will revolve around raising tree seedlings, engaging in tree planting activities, and participating in various silvicultural operations within forests, among other crucial forestry tasks.
In a bid to ensure the survival of the seedlings planted by the Green Army, KFS has devised a comprehensive set of measures.
The measures include monitoring, meticulous watering practices, protection from pests, and active involvement with local communities to foster a sense of stewardship.
To facilitate efficient tracking and monitoring of the trees planted by the Green Army across the country, KFS has introduced the innovative Jaza Miti mobile application.
President William Ruto initially unveiled the ambitious 15-billion tree program in December 2022. The primary goals of this initiative are to combat greenhouse gas emissions, combat deforestation, and restore 5.1 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes.
According to KFS, a substantial supply of 42.4 million seedlings is presently available in nurseries, with a remarkable 22 million of these seedlings ready for planting during the current rainy season.
The initial task of the Green Army will be to ensure that over 21 million of these seedlings find their new homes in various regions across the country.