By Muhammad Lawal
Malam Ibrahim Jegudu, director of forests at the Kebbi State Ministry of Environment, said on Monday that the state government had planted one million tree seedlings to combat desertification statewide.
In an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi, Jegudu said: “The program has been a success, I remember we have produced around one million tree seedlings in the past two years. years.
“We distributed the same to people and every year we usually seek government attention to produce an assortment of tree seedlings.
“Not only tree seedlings that break the wind, but we also raise food trees that can increase food-bearing trees statewide, such as mango, guava, papaya which we also give to farmers. local.”
The director recalled that a few years ago Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi bought date palm and oil palm and donated them for free to farmers to encourage tree planting, especially budget trees.
“What we did then was identify the farmers who have a clear agricultural development and distribute such trees to them, after evaluation we were able to pick up farms that were in fact hugely successful.
“Even this year, we are taking steps with the governor’s approval to purchase various assorted plants which will also be distributed to local farmers, all with the aim of minimizing desertification in the state,” he noted.
Regarding the indiscriminate felling of trees, the director stressed the importance of trees for human existence, adding that all religions preach and encourage tree planting.
“It is obvious that trees are very essential to human existence because they absorb the carbon dioxide that we release while we release the oxygen they release.
“Some people thought that even foods cooked from firewood were better than those cooked from other sources of energy. If not for anything, for tasty food, we should keep planting trees.
“You can plant trees in your house, you are not going to have any effect, you can plant trees in your compound, in mosques, in churches and everywhere.
“Wherever you plant trees, you tend to have its benefits either by getting shade or by cutting branches for firewood, while some budget trees can earn you a lot of income,” he said. director. (NOPE)
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