Kenya Breweries Ltd has announced that it will be planting 130,000 trees in Koguta Forest which sits on the edge of Lake Victoria. This is in support of environmental conservation efforts in the Lake Basin in a bid to boost the socio-economic environment in the region.
KBL will embark on the drive in partnership with the Kisumu County Government and government agencies. It is an answer to the call by the a call by Environment Minister Keriako Tobiko to counties in the Lake Basin to plant five million trees each year as part of national efforts to conserve the country’s forests and water towers.
The brewer also indicated that they have invested in an efficient water treatment plant with a capacity of 7 million litres a day. They aim to return 100% of waste water back to the environment safely. They have also has reached two million people through the Water for Life programme and aims to double that number by 2022.
EABL Corporate Relations Director Eric Kiniti, had this to say, “We have planted 10,000 trees to mark the launch of a restoration programme. We are working in in partnership with KenGen, Lake Basin Authority Kisumu County Government and KIWASCO to plant 120,000 trees in the next one year,” said Mr. Kiniti. He was speaking at a conference hosted jointly with the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) that brought together over 250 industry players, regulators and investors to discuss the clean water agenda.