The Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja, has distributed economic tree seedlings to farmers in Zumba community, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.
The Product Manager of the foundation, Miss Gloria Onah, at the Training Programme on tree planting and Nursing in the community, said this would tackle deforestation in Shiroro.
“Training on tree planting and nursing that you are benefiting today is supported by Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme and implemented by Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja,” she said.
Onah said that the farmers including fish farmers from various villages in Zumba were given free two-day training on train the trainer in tree planting, climate smart agriculture, construction of solar conduction dryers and effect of deforestation.
She said that another set of 100 farmers were trained on the production of energy saving stoves.
According to her, the training is aimed at saving the environment because many farmers fell trees to dry fish, sell for money and for domestic cooking without replacing them.
She said that such act was exposing the environment to degradation.
“Against this backdrop, we distributed economic trees which included 500 palm trees, 200 orange trees, 200 mango trees and 200 English peer trees.”
The ongoing programme was tagged “Reducing Deforestation through the use of Solar Conduction Dryers for fish farmers in Zumba.”