1 Million Tree Planting Target: Ogun Begins Replacement of Ungerminated Seedlings

In its bid to ensure the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry meets its one million trees targeted for the year planting, the ministry has commenced a beat ulp exercise.

The beat up exercise is an effort made at replanting trees planted, but not germinating.

This may be as a result of lack of adequate rainfall and other factors that usually hinder the growth of such trees.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Forestry, Timothy Olatunji stated this during the exercise at Ijale Forest Reserve in Aworo, Yewa North Local Government Area, noting that it was part of the responsibilities of the ministry to go around reserves where trees had been planted to know those that had not germinated in order to replant them.

Olatunji said: “What we are doing right now is what we call Beat Up exercise. It is a process of replacing ungerminated tree seedlings. The reason for the non-survival of such trees might be due to inadequate rainfall and this we have to do to meet our one million target which of course shall be met”.

Also speaking, Director of Silviculture in the ministry, Akeem Akinsanya, appreciated the efforts of farmers in the community at planting trees alongside maize and cassava, charging them to ensure the survival of more than 20,000 planted seedlings on 16 hectares of land.