In Kenya, Eucalyptus species were introduced as early as 1902 by the colonial government to
provide energy for the locomotives. Since then about 100 species have been planted in the
country. Most of these were subjected to extensive research and currently less than 20
species have been recommended for wide scale planting. The area under Eucalyptus species
in the country is estimated to be about 100,000 hectares of plantations, 15,000 Ha in gazetted
forests, about 35,000 Ha planted by private companies and 50,000 Ha by farmers.