About 634,132 trees have been planted by the European Union (EU) in Maiadua Local Government Area of Katsina State to prevent desertification and promote the concept of greenhouse in the last five years.
This was disclosed by EU Project Manager, Dr Chris Udokang, in Maiadua on Tuesday. Udokang said 538,994 of the trees, representing 87.3 percent survived.
He noted that the project was executed under the EU Fuel Wood Balance Programme (FUWOBA) and implemented by the Oxfam and the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development, in collaboration with the National Planning Commission.
Udokang added that no fewer than 1,000 farmers were provided with agricultural implements which included fertilisers, insecticides and modernised cooking stove free of charge, to promote farming in the area.
He urged the people to continue to maintain the trees as well as make judicious use of the farming implements for a better environment and a secured future free from desertification and lack of food.
The EU FUWOBA projects commenced in October 2014 across some seven selected local government areas in Katsina State to promote agriculture and prevent desertification.