Molo is a town in western Kenya
. It is served by a branch of Kenya Railways, formerly the Uganda
Railway, East African Railways Corporation until 1977. Molo hosts a town council and an administrative division in the Nakuru
District of Rift Valley Province
. The town has an urban population of 21,000 and a total population of 89,594 (1999 census.
Molo is along the Mau Forest
which runs on the Mau Escarpment. The town was a settlement established primarily because of its fertility and vast vegetation. It is one of the coldest places in the country. This is a perfect place for growing Pyrethrum, a cash crop that can be maintained with little resources. There are plenty of other crops that are grown by farmers both small and large scale and attracting settlers, many of them politically empowered.
This massive invasion resulted to a high rate of forest destruction and timber poaching. Efforts to reclaim land and grow trees have been outpaced by logging and charcoal making. The Kenyan government has since declared all forests contained from human activity. Only imported timber is permitted from 2002.
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