Jigawa Vows to Strengthen Anti-Deforestation Law to Protect Farmers

The Jigawa State Government has assured that it would strengthen the law that prohibits deforestation so as to enable farmers reap the benefit of economic trees.

Governor Muhammad Abubakar gave this assurance while delivering his remark at the 2020 National Tree Planting Campaign held in Garki Local Government Area of the state.

Abubakar pointed out that environmental protection and soil improvement promotion are critical factors to ensuring a sustainable agricultural development ecosystem in the state.

The governor, therefore, restated his administration’s commitment to promoting agriculture, adding that investment in the sector is “supporting the economy of the highest percentage of the population in the state.”

“We would strengthen the law that prohibits the cutting down of trees in the state in order to allow farmers to reap the benefits from economic trees,” he added.

The governor explained that Gawo trees being promoted this year by the Federal Government have been scientifically proven to have a lot of potential for soil improvement and protection.

He added that the tree was carefully chosen for the campaign against soil degradation.

Further citing the benefits of the tree, Abubakar explained that in one hectare of farmland, 10 to 15 Gawo trees would be sufficient to replace the chemical application of fertiliser.


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