July 28, 2021 5:22 pm

Halt Turning Forestry to Sahara desert, Embrace modern ways – Expert tells traditional bakers

…AU, EU to raise awareness on dangers
.. Say’s over 400b trees lives around the world

By Achadu Gabriel,, Kaduna

As the world marks international day of desertification, a Climatee expert has called for a halt on traditional method of bakeries and embrace modern method, saying activities of the colonial method is causing desertification and forcing millions of wildlife into migration.
The Climatologist also said that the world international day marked in June 12 , 2021, was to combat desertification and drought emergence.
The Climatologist and Assistant Director of African Climate Reporters, Dr Piman Hoffman, therefore urged local bakeries to embraced modern methods of baking to also preserved African forestry’s from going extinct occasioned by high demand of use of firewood.
He made the assertions in a statement to African Union, (AU) and other stake holders, made available to journalists in Kaduna, to engender quick intervention on continuous attack of forestry by some business men who are bent on turning the region into Sahara desert.
According to him, traditional bakeries daily contributed to the increased global warming which inturn triggers climate change, adding “this is because they still practice the old method of using firewood for their activities.
“Africa’s forestry is gradually going extinct due to continuous demand of firewood for domestic cooking, bakery, building construction
and mining activities, he stated.
The Climatologist also stated that every day thousands of trees are cut down without replacement of new ones in Nigeria and some parts of Africa, adding that more forestry are fast turning into desert land and this has forced the migration of millions of wildlife animals and human beings.
“The daily demand of firewood by traditional bakery houses is becoming a big threat to forestry, hence, the need for African Union (AU), European Union, (EU) and other stakeholders to embark on raising awareness on the dangers posed by traditional bakeries activities to the forest land in Africa,” he said.

According to him, a research conducted by a team of African Climate Reporters, revealed that in every community/gheto in cities of Africa, there are more than 3 to 4 traditional local bakeries that daily uses a truck load of firewood for it activities.

Hoffman stressed that bakery owners in Africa needed to embraced modern methods to carryout their activities like electricity or solar power for baking, other than depending on firewood and charcoal.

“Humans throughout history have played a key role in determining the number of living trees, but, the fact remains that local bakeries in Africa consumed high quantity of firewood daily for production and other uses.
“The old method of baking consumed large quantity of firewood and yet workers still used manual form of mixing the ingredients during their production.
“The old methods were seen as unnecessary, both hygienically and financially unsound, most importantly since it produces bread and sweets that are not up to standard amd taste.

“The population of trees decreased daily as a result of this ugly practice of illegal felling of trees including the activities of local miners.
Human activity is the greatest predictor of whether trees will survive in a given area,” Hoffman disclosed.

He maintained that government must halt the continuous attack on forest for firewood, rather local bakers should embrace alternative energy from sun, wind, and electricity, adding that previous estimates collected by satellite imaging, suggested that just over 400 billion trees live around the world.
“Local bakeries in Africa should embrace modern methods like what is obtainable in some bakeries in Nigeria like; 212 Bakery in Kaduna; Ostrich in Abuja; Mr Biggs; Baker’s Delight in Abuja; Chizee Cake and Catering Services in Lagos; Royal cakes, Lagos; Cocomilla Catering; James Bakers Delight in Port Hacourt, among others.

Hoffman said “AU must be committed to the daily fight against climate change, and all issues related to environmental degradation to served the entire region against disasters.

He however disclosed that the Federal Government and the Tropical Wood Exporters Association of Nigeria, (TWEAN), have commenced moves to stop the export of processed and semi-processed woods.
Speaking further, Hoffman stressed that trees occupy nearly every corner of the globe, but the study shows coverage is far from even and factors like moisture and warmth play a role in how many trees exist in a given area.
He added that in a researched conducted by some international organization ,people cut down around 15 billion trees each year and the global tree count has fallen by 46 per cent since the beginning of human civilization.
He also said that majority of rural and urban women now preferred using charcoal for cooking than firewood.

According to the women, charcoal is inexpensive, and does not generate smoke.
While calling on Government to support local bakeries to embrace modern methods of baking, the Climayologist appealed to the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment to be more committed in the fight against indiscriminate falling
of forest trees.
He said that adequate laws should be put in place to punish offenders like indescriminate burning of bush, to halt activities of some hunters who set bush on fire to hunt for games.
He equally appealed to rangers and other stakeholders to be more active in supervising all activities of Africa forestry.
Similarly, Patron of African Climate Reporters, Dr Yusuf Nadabo, called on AU to raise more awareness on the importance of planting trees to avert increasing speed of desertification in Africa.

He said that there is need for Africans to embraced renewable energy in other to save the forestry against increasing disappearance of plant and animals in another research conducted by a Non governmental organization in Nigeria.
“Metro environment cleaning and awareness which is headed by Comrade Jibril Abdullahi, he said, “We must join hands to educate the public on the dangers of continuous demand of forest trees without planting new once”, he said.

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