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ACReSAL distributes 2,000 tree seedlings to Gombe community

ACReSAL distributes 2,000 tree seedlings to Gombe community

By Bitrus Osagie

The Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project has distributed over 2,000 tree seedlings to women and farmers in Kwadom Community of Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area of Gombe.

The Gombe State Project Coordinator, ACReSAL, Mr Sani Jauro while donating the seedlings to members of the community on Tuesday in Kwadom said the gesture was aimed at restoring the environment and combating desertification.

Jauro said the exercise was in line with the initiative of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State to address land degradation through massive tree planting and other measures to check deforestation and desertification.

He explained that the ACReSAL project would not only benefit the environment but also the agriculture sector as well as help protect the livelihood of rural dwellers who had been impacted by environmental challenges.

He said ACReSAL Project would build on the successes recorded by the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, (NEWMAP) in the state and strengthen efforts toward addressing erosion and other environmental challenges.

According to him, one of the objectives of ACReSAL is to curb water scarcity and enhance water usability among households and farmers.

The coordinator said that ACReSAL works in three areas agriculture, water resources, and the environment.

He said part of the project mandate in the state was to establish plant nurseries in all the 11 Local Government Areas of the state.
“ACreSAL is targeting to resolve lingering issues around agriculture, environment, and water resources with the objective of reclaiming degraded land in the state,” he said.

He said the seedlings being distributed were economic trees with huge benefits and comprised moringa, Mahogany, pawpaw, and cashews.

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Jauro called for more community support towards the success of ACReSAL and other environmental initiatives by Gov. Yahaya aimed at addressing environmental degradation in the state.

Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, Hakimi Kwadom appreciated Gov. Yahaya, the World Bank, and the ACReSAL team for coming to distribute tree seedlings to women and farmers in his community.

Abubakar described the gesture as beneficial to their environment, farmers, and dwellers in view of the economic importance of the trees that had been distributed.

He pledged his community’s commitment to continue to support efforts aimed at restoring the environment and addressing land degradation for the benefit of the citizens in view of the global impact of climate change.

He appealed to his people to not only plant but ensure that they nurtured the trees to maturity so they could reap the full benefits of the trees in their community.

Mrs Adama Mohammed, who was given a moringa seedling thanked ACReSAL team for the gesture, adding that the tree would help contribute to the nutritional needs of his household diet.

“We will plant these moringa seedlings in our neighborhood and around our houses and when they grow we will use it for both food and medicine to improve our health and that of our children,” Mohammed said.

Our correspondent reports that ACReSAL is a World Bank intervention project aimed at tackling environmental degradation, desertification and related issues in the 19 northern states.

The ACReSAL team sensitized Kwadom women who were given moringa seedlings and farmers on how best to plant the seedlings as well as ensuring that the seedlings grew to maturity.

ACReSAL distributes 2,000 tree seedlings to Gombe community

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