He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, the target is to increase the nation’s forest cover to 25 percent in line with global best practices, as it is in fulfillment of a pledge at the 74th Session of the United Nations General assembly in September 2019 of planting 25 million trees towards achieving restoration of degraded forest reserves and other landscapes nationwide.
Buhari added that his regime, in partnership with the World Bank, has spent enormous resources to establish Agricultural Development Programmes in all the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The ADPs operate the Training and Visit system of unified extension system covering the areas of Crop Production and Protection, Livestock Production and Animal Health, Fisheries, Agroforestry, and Gender-related issues in Agriculture popularly referred to as Women-In-Agriculture.”
“Furthermore, my administration is equally dedicated to fulfilling the pledge to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative that seeks to restore 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes by 2030 in response to the Bonn Challenge.”
“To date, the initiative has 128 million hectares in pledges from 32 African countries. In 2017, Nigeria committed to restoring 4 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes under the AFR100 initiative.”
“So far, over Five Hundred and Fifty-Five Thousand, Four Hundred and Eight Hectares of land restoration have been recorded, including the planting of Fifteen Million tree seedlings covering over Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred Hectares of deforested lands.”
“The operationalisation of specific intervention programmes and policies in the country have further accelerated the implementation of the ongoing Ogoni Clean-up for restoration of polluted land as well as the implementation of the Great Green Wall programme hinged on ecological restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land”
“The National Agency of the Great Green Wall in Nigeria has made progress in the land restoration of over Three Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety-two hectares of land.”
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