UBL staff and other partners in a group photo after planting trees
By Aloysious Kasoma
Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) in partnership with Ministry of Water and Environment and other partners are planting over 75 hectares of trees in Nakaseke district.
This is part of the company’s activities to commemorate World Environment Day.
On Friday, a group of Uganda Breweries staff, Ministry of Water and Environment, Mogas in conjunction Tree Adopting Uganda planted over 3,000 different species of trees in a private forest in Nsaasi, Nakaseke District.
Speaking at the tree planting tree exercise, David Onyango, the Head of Communication & Sustainability at UBL, said that the company is has been surviving on Water and environment for long time, the reason they are planting trees.
“This Partnership with government and others begun last year under the ROOTS CAMPAIGN to grow 40 million trees. This year we have been having a series of planting trees across the country,” he said.
He is worried that the country is running out of trees and the rate of depletion is very high. Every rain season, UBL shall be planting trees as they urge the private sector to join their cause.
“On top of this tree planting initiative, UBL already has Shs330 million to this initiative which is equivalent of growing and maintaining 2.2 million trees,” he added.
Onyango also pointed out that Uganda’s catchment areas are under threat due to human activities.
Alfred Okot Okidi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water & Environment said that the biggest threat of the environment remains charcoal burning and uncontrolled tree harvests.
“The operations and prosecutions against forest depletion are ongoing and this year the government is to procure over 26 million seedlings for planting,” he explained.