By Abdullahi Jalalalluden
The Coordinator of Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Kano State Dr Dahiru Hashim says the Kano State has reassured the commitment of the project towards recovering and restoring lost landscapes in the state.
Dr Dahiru Hashim stated this during a media briefing held in Kano.
He said the state government was working assiduously towards addressing all environmental challenges , especially Climate Change , erosion, flooding and land degradation among others.
”We are committed to addressing the environmental challenges that affect the state such as climate change, drylands, erosion and flooding, land degradation and issues that affect the livelihood of communities which is mainly agriculture.”
He explained that the ACReSAL project is anchored on four broad components that speak essentially to the demand of the poor whose livelihoods have been distressed.
The project coordinator noted that the ACReSAL project has drilled solar powered boreholes and establish tree nurseries in some local government areas of the state.
He said that the intervention would boost agriculture and improve the standard of living of the people while the tree nurseries would help to combat desertification and soil erosion.
Dr Dahiru Hashim expressed the commitment of the state in improving and protecting the Kano environment with priority and attention to the sector on issues of biodiversity conservation and restoration of degraded lands.
“ACReSAL plans to undertake Erosion control work in Rarin, Dawakin Tofa and Bulbula/Gayawa, Nassarawa and
Ungogo Local government areas.
“Construction of water conservation structure and provision of minor irrigation facilities in ‘Yartiti, Shanono and construction of water conservation structure and provision of minor irrigation facilities in Fajewa, Takai Local government area.
“Establishment of 100ha individual farmer orchards and Woodlot plantations, 200ha of woodlot in communal forests and institutional plantings.
“440ha farmer managed natural regeneration of indigenous tree species on individual farm lands and communal forests and promotion of climate smart agriculture through FLID and CRF among others,” he said
Radio Nigeria recalled that the World Bank’s 700 million dollars ACReSAL project being implemented in collaboration with the federal government and the 19 northern states and the FCT was recently officially launched in Bauchi by Gov. Bala Mohammed, thus becoming the first among the participating states to unveil the project implementation.
The ACreSAL project is embarked on by the Federal Government to build community resilience as well as improve the sustainable productivity of its natural resources in Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kwara and Kaduna.
These northern states including the FCT , the federal government said are faced by rapid desert encroachment ranging from severe to moderate and marginal.