A tree does not make a forest. That is why the European Union has planted about 4.54 million trees in Katsina State.

The trees are to combat desertification in the state and reduce the impact of climate change.

The trees have been planted and maintained in Katsina State under the Improved Fuel Wood Balance project supported by the EU.

The Project Manager, Chris Udokang said the initial target was to plant 5.5 million trees.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Daura that 70% of the trees survived.

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According to him, a regeneration of another 1.5 million trees is currently ongoing while new rounds of nursery activities commenced on March 1, 2018.

The areas that the trees were planted included Daura, Zango, Mai’adua, Baure, Mashi, Dutsi and Sandamu Local Government Areas.

The exercise is expected to improve fuel wood balance and prevent desertification.

Udokang explained that seven motorised boreholes were drilled in each of the seven community nurseries to water the plants and provide water for human and animal consumption.

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