Date palm to address the desertification in the North (Google / Daily Trust)

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Curbing desertification in the North with date palms

Written by Ojoma Akor

The  of Nigeria
 Desertification is fast stealing and threatening many a livelihood in the affected areas. In some communities, it is so serious that there is poor agricultural yield, wells and other water sources are drying up and people are beginning to leave for fear of being swallowed by sand dunes.
Date palms is an important food crop and establishing its plantations in these areas will not only fight the environmental problem of desertification but will also improve agricultural and economic activities thereby improving the life of the people.

According Audu, E.B in his piece “Fuel wood consumption and desertification in Nigeria” in the  International Journal of Science and Technology” published in January this year, it is estimated that more than 30 million people in Nigeria live under the hardship of desertification.

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About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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