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Mbarara City, St Joseph’s University Partner to Plant Trees

Rev Fr Charles Mutabaruka, the University Public Relations Manager says because of the high global warming that has had an effect on the agricultural sector and raised pollution, there is a need to plant trees that clean the air.

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St Joseph’s University and Mbarara City Council have partnered to plant 1,000 trees and flowering shrubs along the Mbarara Isingiro Road.

The two will plant Eugenia Shrubs and Graveria trees.

Rev Fr Charles Mutabaruka, the University Public Relations Manager says because of the high global warming that has had an effect on the agricultural sector that has changed crop planting seasons and the increasing pollution have created the need to plant trees that clean the air.

He says Mbarara city authority's  department of planning and designing is tasked with identifying the type of trees and shrubs to plant, in line with the beatification of the city.

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He says they will plant trees along the roadsides from the junction of Mbarara and Kabale roads to about 30 kilometres on the Mbarara Isingiro road.

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Alfred Okello the Mbarara City Landscape officer says partnering entities are saving the city costs, noting that the department has a small budget to run several activities so they only provide technical knowledge.

 

He says many entities like the Global Green Initiative, the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and the Ministry of Water and Environment have come on board to save River Rwizi.

He says the city is tasked with identifying the species of trees and shrubs and what type of trees to be planted where.

Aminah Naku, the Mbarara City Communications officer says the city is facing a challenge of water scarcity and this is due to the decreased water levels in River Rwizi, noting that planting trees will improve the climate.

Edina Nuwasasira the Senior Environment Consultant with Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) Mbarara says the planting of trees in Mbarara will save it the Kampala-like situations during the sunny season when it becomes very hot.    

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