Saturday, April 26, 2008
Nigeria: Desert Encroachment - UN Pays for Tree-Planting
25 April 2008
Posted to the web 25 April 2008
In an effort to halt desert encroachment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has concluded plans to pay up to $10 per stand, to any farmer that plants and maintains 10 seedlings of trees that survive for five years.
This is part of measures aimed at curtailing the speed and approach of the Sahara, which experts say is progressing into the hinterland at the pace of two kilometre per annum.
Zamfara State government said it has awarded contract for planting of five kilometre shelter belt in Zurmi, Shinkafi, Maradun, Kaura Namoda, Mafara and Bakura local governments. Making this known yesterday while fielding questions from reporters on activities of his ministry, Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad Maru, said the state government has also awarded contract for the establishment of two kilometres of road-side plantation in all the 14 local government areas, which will include fencing of demarcated areas, planting and watering of the plantation up to maturity level.
He said the issue of desert encroachment is receiving serious attention from government and all efforts will be made to halt the menace.
Speaking on the effort to commercialise the state's abundant neem tree potential, he said government decided to put the trees into proper use, while discussions will soon commence with Chinese experts and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, on the establishment of orgao-need fertiliser, as well as pesticides and raw materials for pharmaceutical industries.
This is the famous Parassinikadavu Temple