NGO plants 8m trees in Katsina to check desert encroachment
A non-governmental organisation, Fuel Wood Balance, has championed the planting of eight million trees to check desert encroachment in Katsina State.
The project is part of the Energising Access to Sustainable Energy Programme funded by the European Union.
The state FuWoBa Project Manager, Dr Chris Udokang, confirmed the development to Northern City News in Katsina on Thursday.
He said the trees were planted in seven local government areas of the state namely, Baure, Mashi, Dutsi, Daura, Mai’adua, Zango and Sandamu.
Udokang explained that a similar project was being carried out by the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University in five local government areas of the state.
He listed the local government areas as Batagarawa, Batsari, Jibia, Kaita and Rimi.
Northern City News investigation showed that FuWoBa had established community nurseries in the seven local government areas, where residents were collecting seedlings for planting.
The NGO was at the Dutsi Local Government Area headquarters on Wednesday, where it commenced the distribution of 770,000 assorted seedlings to farmers and women in the area.
Udokang said the organisation would take the seedlings to district and ward heads in the area to ensure that the items get to all residents of the council.
He enjoined those who collected the seedlings to commence planting now that it was still raining.
Udokang said, “Tree planting should be a continuous exercise. In as much as desertification makes trees to die, we need to ensure the sustainability of this project.
“This project is not restricted to the seven local government areas; five other local government areas are also being taken care of by the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University.
“We are also in discussion with the directors of agriculture in the 34 local government areas of the state so that the project can also be extended there.
“All that we are after is to ensure that we tackle desertification in the state. Research has shown that desert encroaches 5.3km of land every year. That is why we are embarking on this project. We are also seeking the support of all to ensure the sustainability of the project.”