7 February 2013

Nigeria: Delta to Plant 150,000 Trees

Asaba — Delta State government has concluded plans to plant about 150,000 trees this year, the state Assistant Director of Forestry, Mrs. Christy Igho Ehimen, has said.

She told Daily Trust yesterday in Asaba that plans were on to carry out the tree planting campaign across the state for all field workers at the 25 local government councils to be fully prepared for the exercise.

Mrs. Ehimen explained that the state was planning for more elaborate planting of trees this year since none was planted last year due to flooding that ravaged the state.

She said that the state was very much interested in planting trees, though the last planting was done in the state in 2011, "because we need trees to live, as well as to reduce the effect of damage occasioned by flood."

According to the assistant director, the 2011 planting was done around some major ministries in form of beautification, but with the government assurance that funds would be made available soonest, the awareness will be there and the usefulness too.

She added that the planting would start in the second quarter of the year to enable the ministry gets funds from government to plant trees in conjunction with the department of cultivation that has the knowledge.

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