Bello inaugurates the planting of 3,000 hybrid shea trees in Niger
1 Bello inGov. Niger’s Abubakar Bello on Wednesday inaugurated the planting of 3,000 hybrid shea trees aimed at increasing the number of shea trees for the economic transformation of the state.
2 Bello, during the inauguration of the project in the Beji Parkland in Kodo, in the Bosso local government area of the state, explained that the project was a pilot project in collaboration with the National Association of Shea Products of the Nigeria (NASPAN).
3 He explained that the global shea butter market has witnessed rapid growth due to increased demand in the manufacture of confectionery, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, among others.
4 Bello said the state with the most shea trees in the world would harness the comparative advantage of economic trees and the value chain that had the potential to engage thousands of women and youth across the world. ‘State.
5 He said 3,000 of the trees would be planted in the first phase of the project to cover 20 hectares of land in which each hectare would house 150 shea tree seedlings.
6 “Shea trees have distinctive characteristics such as a short gestation period of five to seven years compared to the traditional 15 to 20 years.
seven It also produces quality shea fruit and in larger quantities.
8 “Therefore, these hybrid trees have the potential to turn around the economic situation of the state and of Nigeria as a whole,” the governor said.
9 He noted that through the commercialization of the seedling nursery, youths and women would be trained and equipped, which would lead to the development of shea seedlings, especially in the shea communities around the Beji Shea Parkland.
ten Bello appealed to the host community to protect the project, claiming that the law prohibiting the cutting of economic trees in the state was put in place to punish an individual or a group of people engaged in the cutting of economic trees.
11 Earlier, Environment and Forests Commissioner Dr Daniel Habila denounced the level of deforestation by some individuals, saying the project would change the narrative.
12 “Shea trees will not only bring economic benefits to the state, but will provide climate change mitigation benefits that will minimize the environmental impacts of carbon footprints,” he said.
13 In his goodwill message, Alhaji Muhammad Ahmed, National Chairman of the National Association of Shea Products of Nigeria (NASPAN), said the project was started to prevent the indiscriminate felling of shea trees.
14 Ahmed noted that the project aims to plant 10 million shea trees over the next 10 years.
15 He said farmers would be allowed to farm in the park while caring for the shea trees, saying the project would be extended to other communities in the state.
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