A number of plant species were banned from being harvested since they are facing extinction. A number of people have been got on the wrong side of the law with the sandal wood species having the most recent cases. Sandal wood is estimated to cost ksh 3000 per kilogram and thus attracting money hungry harvests.
Since Sandal Wood is of those endangered species with demand and big returns, why can’t the government plant on huge tracts of lands and generate revenue through export?
As an individual, can I plant this endangered species on my private farm and sell it without violating the law that guides such species? If I plant Sandal trees on a 100 acre of land, I am likely to be a millionaire through export business but how do i do it legally?
Why does the government only protect without multiplying it? Why are we not into commercial production of such endangered species as much as some of them take long to mature?
Let’s share some of the policies and laws that limit the harvesting, extraction, transportation and farming of endangered species in Kenya.