By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
As part of its effort to revive and standardize forest reserves in the State, the Osun State Government has released over N16million for the purchase of seedlings and other farm implements for the permanent nursery sites.
The Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Hon. Sola Oladepo disclosed this while inspecting nursery implements at the Ministry premises in Osogbo.
Oladepo explained that forest reserve areas are germane to the present administration saying “in view of this, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has directed the raising of 250,000 trees seedlings in the six zones of the state so as to increase forest coverage in the State.”
This according to him will make the permanent forestry nursery sites functional, adding that both exotic and indigenous seedling species will be planted for economic value.
He listed the six forest reserves areas as: Shasha Forest Reserve Ile-Ife, Ipetu_Ikeji Forest Reserve at Owena, Ago Owu forest reserve at Ayedaade, Ila and Oba hill Forest Reserve Areas as well as the forestry reserve headquarters at Abeere.
The nursery implements purchased are wheelbarrows, storex, hose pipe, raincoat, shovels among others.