By Muhammad A. Haidar, Dutse
Jigawa State governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has described environmental protection, soil improvement, as one of the critical sectors for sustainable agricultural development.
The governor made the disclosure in his speech delivered at the 2020 National tree planting campaign at Garki town in Garki local government area in the state, said his administration has done a lot and is doing much in agriculture as we believe that investing in agriculture in supporting economic of the highest percentage of the population of the state.
According to him, the fertilizer tree (Gawo) scientifically proved to have a lot of potentialities in soil improvement and protection and in view of that, it was selected among the trees to use in a federal government campaign against soil degradation.
Governor Badaru further explained that in a hectare of farmland 10 to 15 number of Gawo tree also known as Alcacia albida will be sufficient to replace the chemical application of fertilizer. “We would strengthen the law that prohibits the cutting down of trees in the state, order to allow farmers to reap the benefits from economic trees.” He added
His words:- “The state has enough land and 100sthousands of Fadama areas that farmers would plant crops three times in a year, as 400,000 will be planted this year and 663 communities in 104 local government are involved in the project to ensure success”.
He called on states, local governments and the general public to join hand with the government on tree planting and also fight against the indiscriminate cutting down of trees.