Worried by the menace of desertification, Daura Emirate Development Forum in Katsina State, has taken steps to prevent indigenous trees in the area from going into extinction.

The forum made the pledge during its annual lecture entitled: ‘’Desertification and Afforestation in Daura Emirate” on Sunday in Daura.

Prof. Sani Kallah, Chairman of the Forum, said that the area was blessed with different types of trees, shrubs and plants of economic and medicinal values but feared that they were now at a stage of extinction.

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He said this was as a result of indiscriminate cutting down of trees, loss of soil fertility and effects of climate change.

Kallah, who is also a professor of Agriculture, urged people in the area to at least plant a tree and nurse it to maturity as part of measures to prevent desertification and soil degradation in the area.

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He also advised people to desist from cutting down trees.

An environmentalist, Malam Sade Abdullahi, said more than 15 indigenous species of trees had started disappearing from forests in the area.

‘’It is alarming to note that these indigenous tress species, which are of high economic and medicinal values, are rapidly being lost.

‘’Our generation may not see the consequences, but our children and their grandchildren will have no alternative but to live with them if nothing is done,’’ he said.

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He called on the government to provide people with alternative and affordable sources of energy to prevent them from cutting down trees.

Also speaking, the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Forouq, commended the Federal Government for awarding contract for the rehabilitation of Sabke dam irrigation project. (NAN)