Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) through the fulfilment of its mandate of border control has intensified efforts to ensure that Timber and other plants from indigenous trees that fall under restricted and prohibited commodities are not exported, to discourage deforestation and protect the environment from further degradation.
Speaking while officially launching a project to plant 2000 trees at the KRA Taveta one stop border post premises, KRA Ag Coordinator Southern region Mr John Bisonga said the authority had invested heavily in non-intrusive technology to scan all the cargo being exported through the port of Mombasa to prevent rare and endangered species of plants, game trophies and any other banned products, from being exported.
Bisonga revealed that Customs officers at all borders including land and borders stations have continued to exercise extra vigilance to intercept prohibited goods including game trophies, rare and endangered species from being sneaked out of the country.
He said the scanners including a drive through scanner for cargo being railed by standard gauge railway, mobile and fixed scanners are used to scan all the containerised cargo imported through the port to contain the vice of misdeclaration and concealment to import goods illegally.
[Mr. John Bisonga, KRA Ag. Regional Coordinator Southern region-Centre in a green reflector launches the project to plant 2000 trees at the Taveta OSBP. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
“Apart from being a catalyst to the provision of water to human beings and other animal’s, trees contribute towards the prevention of soil erosion and the natural production of minerals needed for good crop husbandry,’’ he said.
Bisonga further said “It is in recognition of this fact that our law makers decided to prioritise the need for afforestation by ensuring that a clause requiring the Kenyan forest cover to be at 10% of the Land in the country to be included in the Constitution’’.
He noted that KRA is undertaking a programme to plant and care for as many trees as possible within its premises and other sites.
The 2000 seedlings were donated by the Kenya Forest Service and youths from the Kazi kwa vijana initiative have been engaged through the Ministry of public service, youth and gender affairs.