Residents of Ngoma district on Sunday planted at least 16000 trees as part of greening their district and tackling adverse effects of global climate change.
Geraldine Mukeshimana, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources joined the residents in the planting exercise which aims at halting decades of forest loss, while meeting fast-increasing demand for wood.
The country targets to increase its total forest cover to at least 30% by 2030. The Water and Forest Authority (RWAFA) seeks to put people dependent on forest resources at the Centre of tree-planting efforts.
In Rwanda there is a growing demand for wood and charcoal for fuel. The deficit between wood supply and demand is projected to increase to 7.3million tones by 2026.
Throughout this season (2018/2019), a total of 38,119 hectares of agroforestry, 4,800 hectares of classic forestry and 225,440 fruit trees will be planted. In addition, 670 hectares of degraded forests will be rehabilitated countrywide.
Just only for this period, government of Rwanda said it is spending Rwf4.4 billion for tree planting and maintenance costs.