Over 45,000 seedlings of Jatropha and Neems as well as Azadracter Indica and Adansonia Dictta were planted along the roadside in Kafin Hausa Local Government Area of Jigawa state in order to combat desert encroachment in the area. The trees were planted along the State University Road, which is about three kilometers away from the Local Government Headquarter and also along the Hadejia Auyo road.
The chairman of the council Alhaji Garba Boko Muhammed Tambale said this in an exclusive interview with our reporter who visited the local government shortly after the tree planting ceremony, as he also said that the council will employ 500 casual staff that will take care of the young trees planted along the two roads.
The chairman also said that over 500 000 baskets has been purchased to save the newly planted trees as he added that it cost the council over N2, 5milion to purchase the baskets to protect, the Chairman said that the baskets are to be used to protect the trees from animals and ensure a good supply of water to newly planted trees.
He also said that the council has established a twenty one man committee headed by the chairman of the council that will meet their counterparts in Bunai Local Government in Niger Republic to settle the issue of Fulani and farmers conflict which always claims many lives in the area.
He said that the committee already had visited Bunai Local Government Area in Niger Republic and came out with modalities that will amicably solve the problem disturbing the two communities annually.
The chairman also hinted that the two sides agreed that Fulani’s are not allowed to cut trees without proper permission from the owners of the trees or from the local government officials, as all farmers must harvest their farm produce before the end of December to allow the Fulani’s to rear their animals.
He hinted further that the council has organized sub-committee that will meet the Bunai Council in Niger republic for the second time for the final discussion over the issue, and that the council has approved the sum of N250, 000 for the committee allowance which include feeding and transportation as well as for their for their accommodation during their trips to Niger Republic.