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ACReSAL launches farmer training in Sokoto to combat climate change

ACReSAL launches farmer training in Sokoto to combat climate

The Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes, ACReSAL initiative has commenced training sessions for farmers in Sokoto State, focusing on optimal agricultural practices and effective use of livelihood packages to address climate change.

Project Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Gatawa, announced this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Monday in Sokoto.

Gatawa stated that 5,000 hectares of arable land have been designated for the project, which aims to restore optimal land fertility, promote afforestation, and engage in other productive activities within Sokoto State.

He explained that the training is part of a broader initiative to revitalize land productivity, provide alternative livelihoods to local communities, and protect forest resources from extinction.

He said, “We organized the training for the local communities surrounding the project areas on best utilization of livelihood packages provided by the project.

“The concept was conceived under the project’s component to engage stakeholders comprising traditional and religious leaders, key community members and farming communities on special ecosystem forest management.”

According to him, economic trees, herbal medicinal trees and those providing shelters and other importance to the environment would be planted and nursed.

“It is an activity under the project that is focused on ensuring the integrity of the ecosystem is maintained, to enable the environment to benefit from the critical functions it serves in the area of dryland management,” he added.

State Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Nura Tangaza, emphasized the project's importance in restoring environmental productivity. 

Represented by Permanent Secretary, Mustapha Alkali, Tangaza encouraged participants to take full advantage of the opportunity to improve their social and economic status.

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