Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari said the state is losing about five kilometres annually to desertification. He called for greater attention to address the alarming situation.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Green project initiated by Yusuf Bala Usman College of Legal and General Studies, Daura, Masari said with the right attitude from people, the situation could be reversed.
He said, what remains as forest in the state are simply shrubs and grasses noting that the adverse effects are manifesting already, while urging people to embrace the culture of planting trees to mitigate the problem.
In her remarks, provost of the college, Prof. Sa’adiyya Sani Daura said the project was conceived in view of its economic potentials, which will provide about 300 people with 10,000 seedlings of eucalyptus to be planted and monitored.
She said, the project include raising seedlings and setting up an orchard that has already planted mango, cashew, guava, moringa, Indian lime, orange and date palm amongst others.