The Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU), in Katsina, Northern Nigeria in collaboration with the European Union (EU) said on Thursday it planted over four million tree seedlings between 2014 till date.
The project administrative secretary, Mr Abubakar Tanimu, disclosed this during an interview with Journalists in Katsina.
Tanimu said that the seedlings were raised under the EU grant project on sustainable development of farm agro-forestry and fuel wood conservation system in Katsina.
The seedlings were raised through over 2,000 private nursery owners selected from Batsari, Batagarawa, Jibiya, Kaita and Rimi Local Government Areas.
We trained the nursery owners and offered tree seedlings to them free of charge, which they planted.
They drilled boreholes at their various nursery sites to enable them nurse the trees to maturity,” the project official said.
He revealed that after the seedlings were matured, the project officials buy the seedlings at a rate between N30 and N100 depending on the economic value of a particular tree.
The administrative secretary said that after buying seedlings from the nursery owners, they asked farmers to go the nearest nursery and get the seedlings for planting in their farms free of charge.
Tanimu said that the project opened processing centres for trees that had economic value and trees that are going extinct, just to encourage farmers to plant and nurse such trees on their farms.
Source: Voice of Nigeria