About 5.6 million trees have so far been planted in Katsina State to promote environmental sustainability and boost income generation.
EU, Oxfam to end tree planting project in Katsina

The “Improving the Fuel Wood Balance (FuWoBa)’’ project says its tree planting scheme in seven local areas of Katsina State will end by January.

Dr Chris Udokang, the Project Manager of FuWoBa, a project initiated by the European Union (EU) and Oxfam, said this when a team of FuWoBa officials visited Daura.

He said that the officials were in Katsina State to assess the project implementation processes in the participating councils so as to ensure the sustainability of the project.

About 5.6 million trees have so far been planted in Katsina State to promote environmental sustainability and boost income generation.

The participating councils are Daura, Mashi, Dutsi, Sandamu, Zango, Maiadua and Mani local government areas.

Udokang said that the visit was to prepare the councils to take full ownership of the project, stressing that there was a need to maintain all the trees that had been planted under the programme.

He said that more trees ought to be planted and maintained, as part of the designed efforts to fight desertification and conserve the environment to promote sustainable socio-economic development.

He, however, urged the participating councils to enact by-laws that would outlaw indiscriminate felling of trees in order to entrench a culture of environmental conservation.

Responding, Malam Usman Suduje, the Vice-Chairman of Daura Local Government Council, pledged that the council would continue to support the project.

He said that the council would expand the scope of the project to accommodate more farmers.

Suduje said that tree planting was a viable economic enterprise which could protect the environment and generate income for farmers.

Source: Voice Of Nigeria

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