Bawku Forestry Division plants 93,000 trees in the Binduri district
The Bawku Forestry services Division has planted 93,000 trees out of a targeted 150,000 trees in the Binduri district as part of the Green Ghana project.
Date Created : 6/17/2022 12:00:00 AM : Story Author :
While awaiting the rains, the division has also planned to work with the youth in afforestation to plant 50,000 trees in the forest areas to include 10,000 trees to be planted in the Upper Tamne dam block 2, while 20,000 of the trees will be planted in block 3 and 20,000 of them in block four.
Following the volatile situation in the Bawku area, this year’s exercise was marked with a float from the Highway junction to Bazua and surrounding communities in the Binduri district to create awareness on the significance of the day and need to participate in the planting exercise, planted trees and distributed seedlings to people who also come out for the float.
Mr Ayinga Abagre Yakubu, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Binduri who did a symbolic planting at the District Assembly at Bazua at the end of the float said though government initiated the Green Ghana , citizens should endeavor to do more and noted that the target for the district could exceed considering the large size of the area and efforts put in.
He appealed to them to intensify the planting exercise when the rains intensify and stressed that “If you plant trees , you have planted life” and advised all to also see to the survival of the trees they have planted.
The DCE also urged all to use the opportunity to preach peace as they all went about in the communities during the exercise “We are planting trees but we are killing human beings” He lamented and prayed for peace to return to the area.
Mr Emmanuel Omane, Bawku Municipal Manager of the Forestry Commission (FC) who also spoke to participants at the end noted the importance of trees and stressed that trees were for life.
“We want to cover all the kusaug traditional area with trees; we want to bring the trees back”. He reiterated and assured of intensified activities when the rains pick up.
He reminded the participants that climate change was hitting on all persons because of cutting down of the trees hence the increasing temperature of the environment.
To this end, the FC Manager urged all to desist from such acts and protect the environment. “Our rivers are drying up”. He Noted.
He expressed appreciation to stakeholders especially the Traditional authorities, Religious Authorities, the Ghana Education Service and non -governmental organizations whose key role contributed to the success of the day’s exercise and pledged to plant and nurture them.
He thanked World Vision for helping in the establishment of 30,000 seedlings to augment the ongoing tree planting exercise.
Speaking in an interview with GNA on mitigation plans in the face of the climate impact, Mr. Omane said the division was benefitting under the Ghana shea Tree Project and the Landscape for small scale mining project which the later was targeting five small communities along the red Volta namely Kusanaba, Widnaba ,Tilli, Tanga , Zongoyire all in the Bawku West district.
According to him where each of the communities had allotted five hectares each to establish wood lots with objective to reduce pressure in the forest which also target women.
Government has in the second version of the Green Ghana Project this year targeted 20,000 million trees for planting.