Lagos - The Katsina state government has earmarked more than N180 million (more than US$1.1 million) to fight environmental degradation in the region.
The initiative would see the state plant 3.5 million trees this year to combat desert encroachment and erosion among other challenges.
“The sum of N186 million has been earmarked for the operation of relevant ministry in ensuring trees was not indiscriminately felled,” State Governor Ibrahim Shima said during the launch of a tree planting exercise at Tadeta, in the Batsari local government area.
He said the state planted more 5 million trees across desert-prone council areas in 2012.
Shema added that 130 hectares of land planted with trees had been earmarked as woodlots for private use by wood consumers across several parts of the state and as forest reserves.
Another 240 hectares of land planted with trees had been set aside for public consumption while desert-prone council areas have plantations to fight desert encroachment.
The governor called on people in the state to stop indiscriminate tree felling, and where possible, plant trees around their homes and farmlands for better agricultural yield.
- CAJ News