The Kebbi Government has planted 86 kilometers of shelter belt as part of its reforestation programme, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ishaku Dauda, has said.
Dauda told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that the state had raised 2.2 million tree seedlings in 2013 for the programme.
He said one million seedlings were also raised under the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) to tackle desert encroachment.
The commissioner said it was only Kebbi that environment programme was included under the SURE-P, adding that over 522 youths had been engaged for the programme.
“The state government has directed the SURE-P to plant shelter belts, and also plant trees by road side and to establish orchards.
“86 kilometres of shelter belt, including those by road sides have been planted, fenced and provided with bore holes and drip irrigation for plants.’’
On the Great Green Wall Project (GGWP), the commissioner said 84 kilometres of shelter belt had been planted.
According to him, the GGWP is expected to cover 211 kilometres and is being implemented in Arewa and Dandi local government areas.
Dauda said that shelter belts and four orchards had been established in four communities along the route.
Right now, most of the trees we planted under the GGWP have been eaten by animals, what has survived is just about 25 per cent of the total areas covered.
This is because they have not been protected, no fencing and no provision have been made for irrigation; there is no way you can establish shelter belt without these facilities.’’ (NAN)