BY ABDULKADIR M. LAWAN, NOVEMBER 8, 2021 | 10:30 AM
Zamfara State government has announced plans to plant one million arable trees in partnership with Nigeria's Great Green Wall.
This was aimed at fighting desertification and soil erosion, among others, in the state.
Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, announced the development on Saturday in Glasgow, United Kingdom when he hosted a Zamfara State side event at the ongoing COP26.
Through a statement by Yusuf Idris Gusau, his spokesman, the governor said, being one of the frontline desert states in Nigeria with over 50 per cent of its landmass under threat of desertification and soil degradation, his government found it incumbent to venture in the scheme.
Zamfara is largely an agrarian society, farming millet, guinea-corn, maize, rice and other crops.
Among other things, he said climate change is among the driving forces of spate of violence experienced in the state.
'Government has already keyed into the World Bank funded Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes programme, which has desertification control and landscape management as one of its components.
'Our administration is doing its best to protect natural habitats, protect and restore the eco-system and reclaim the land by building defences including resilient infrastructure and agriculture, the state government requires collaboration with partners to raise the finances that will strategically support this drive,' Gov. Matawalle further explained.
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15 December 2021