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September 20, 2018

SCIENCE

Plant more trees, save yourself, Kenyans told

By Edwin Nyarangi

 

Kenyans have been urged to plant more trees in order to ensure that the country achieves its 10 per cent forest cover in order to avert desertification in future.

Steve Nyambuka, the director of Kimisitu Sacco Limited, speaking during a recent tour of From Hands to Hands Childrens Home in Trans Mara West Sub County, said that it was the responsibility of every Kenyan to ensure that the country regains its forest cover.

During the occasion, the staff of Kimisitu Sacco donated 5,000 tree seedlings to be planted at the childrens home compound and foods worth Sh100,000. The organisation was celebrating 30 years of service in Kenya.

 

Kenya joins African team calling for total ivory ban

By Gilbert Koech

 

REPRESENTATIVES from 25 African countries meeting in Cotonou, Benin, have adopted a ground-breaking declaration demanding a total ban on Ivory trade worldwide.

The Cotonou Declaration, adopted by the African Elephant Coalition last week, calls for immediate and decisive action to save the African elephant. Kenya is a member of the coalition. Delegates stressed that as a result of poaching for ivory, African elephants are facing the worst crisis since 1989 when all populations were listed on Appendix I of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, banning international ivory trade.

Protection was weakened in 1997 and 2000 when populations in four Southern Africa countries (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe) were down listed to Appendix II (a less endangered status) to allow two sales of ivory stockpiles in 1999 and 2008.

 

Somalia rising: Mogadishu hotels finally on Jovago

Jovago has signed up the first of Somali hotels to its online booking platform. This comes at a time when the global hospitality industry is shifting gear in response to the e-Commerce wave sweeping through the sector.

Commenting on the new entry, Estelle Verdier, the managing director, said: “Jovago transcends every border, as being in Somalia means being everywhere in Africa.”

“The country has attracted new attention from Africa and beyond owing to the many aspects put in place for its reconstruction. Jovago therefore is seeking to align Somalia’s hotel sector proportionately with the new age customer trends and purchasing decisions” Analysis by market leaders such as World Travel Market and Euromonitor indicate increasing numbers with a market moving 96% of primary travel searches taking place online.

 

Milk firm KCC won’t touch money, goes cashless

New KCC has partnered with Safaricom to roll out a Sh55.7 million cashless solution to enhance business efficiency and address risks associated with cash handling.

Through a mobile application, more than 200 sales and distribution agents for New KCC will be able to place and process orders, access real time reports on deliveries, create invoices and make payments. The specialised app will also generate regular reports to ensure accountability and for record keeping purposes.

“The adoption of this app integrates Lipa Na M-Pesa with our other distribution functions, and will be very instrumental in boosting our revenues and improving our efficiencies,” said Nixon Sigey, managing director, New KCC.

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