From Mohammd Muktar Umar, Bauchi:
As part of measures to protect the environment from desert encroachment and erosion, the government of Bauchi state has stated that it would plant about 62, 200 trees in the northern part of the state which is faced by the hazards.
The Permanent Secretary of the Bauchi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Bala Musa Lukshi stated this on Tuesday during the launching of 2017 tree planting campaign held at Zaki local government area of the state.
Lukshi who explained that the exercise was being done annually in the state said the ministry purchased 1, 900 ‘Tenera’ palm oil, 52, 200 dates and 7, 800 seedlings of other trees that include guava, neem, mango,
orange, cashew etc for planting in parts of the state this year.
According to him, desert encroachment and erosion are caused by uncontrolled felling of trees for farm lands, firewood, timber, charcoal, overgrazing and bush burning which concomitantly bring about other
disasters like windstorm and extreme hot weather.
He said labourers have been engaged to be irrigating the plants sowed and protect them against destruction by humans and animals until maturity adding that the high breed seedlings could grow in the next three years.
Also speaking, the state Governor Mohamed Abubakar represented by his special adviser on security matters retired General Ladan Yusuf warned people who fell trees indiscriminately in the state to desist from the acts threatening that the government would not condone anybody found wanting.
While expressing government’s commitment to revamp the agricultural sector in the state, the governor urged other citizens to complement the effort by volunteering in planting more trees ‘because aside from environmental protection, forests serve as agent of development’.