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- Monday, 14 July 2014 15:28
- Written by John Okeke, Abuja
To check the rising threat of desertification in parts of the country, the Federal Government is embarking on a massive tree planting campaign under its Schools Agricultural Programme (SAP) initiative.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Schools Agricultural Programmes (SSAP-SAP), Dr. Baraka Sani, while making the disclosure during a visit to the Minister of Environment in Abuja, the campaign, will see each student planting 10 trees annually.
She added that the pilot stage of the programme would commence in 12 states with each club having a membership of 120 students.
“The programme will focus on food/vegetable production, fisheries and aqua-culture, poultry, nutrition, environmental protection through awareness campaign and tree planting programme and conservation of natural resources, processing and packaging apiarist training for honey production, livestock production and small scale irrigation and entrepreneurial programme for members of the club,” the presidential aide stated.