Planting 9 Million Acacia Trees in the (RNS)

Barber – Sudan Events – Special

The River Nile State Government has initiated implementing the initiative of Dr. Hassan Abdulgadir Hilal, Former Minister of Environment, which adopts the planting of nine million acacia trees in the state.

Dr. Hassan Hilal informed Sudan Events in a telephone call from his residence in Barber that the inauguration of the first phase took place in the presence of the State Governor and members of his government.

Hilal added that the first phase of the project begins with planting three million trees in the various localities of the RNS.

According to the scientific study of the initiative, scientific research has confirmed the success of planting the acacia tree in 7 localities of the RNS.

Hilal stated that the purpose of this initiative is to introduce techniques for growing trees, pastures and wildlife in the state instead of exacerbating desertification and drought.

He pointed out that the National Forestry Authority is the backbone of the initiative in terms of providing seeds and trees.

Hilal appreciated the participation of forestry cadres in implementing the project, as they volunteer to train people to plant trees.

He revealed the participation of local civil society organizations, school students, youth and women in the RNS, noting the major role that women will play in implementing this initiative.

Regarding the economic impact, the scientific study indicates that the initiative shall plant community-based forests, which provide benefits to citizens, and are not government forests.

The study confirmed the right to “dividend ” for any citizen who works in the extraction of gum arabic, while the government prohibits cutting them down, taking the example of mining (gum for the citizen)

Hilal concluded that the community-based forest planting project would bring more benefits to the RNS than gold if every 200 trees per season yielded about 1,000 kg, with a revenue of about 3,000 dollars, of which the citizen’s share shall be 1,500 dollars, in addition to providing housing for citizens and income from the forests themselves, besides having better effects on environment change.

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