The Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area in the Western Region aimed to plant at least 150,000 trees this year to support the government’s Green Ghana Projects to regrow the country’s lost forest.
The Sumankwahene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area, Nana Agyei Fenah II, who spoke to Kaakyire Kwasi Afari on Afeema FM on their aim for this project said, the Green Ghana project in Wassa Amenfi enclave is an opportunity to reflect and adopt more proactive management practices for our natural resources.
Nana Agyei Fenah II revealed that the tree planting project is under the auspices of Wassa Amenfi Paramount Chief, Tetreete Okuamoah Sekyim (II) with support from a private timber company AA Bon limited.
The seedlings, includes; Ofram, Denya, Emire, Mahogany, Cedrela, Cassia and other different tree species.
According to the overlord of Wassa Amenfi who doubles as Board Chairman for the Forestry Commission over 30,000 tree seedlings have been planted by chiefs in his area and he
is taking a drastic step to end the activities of illegal chainsaw operators in the district.
“illegal operators had caused more damage to the environment and that more trees were required to be planted to save the vegetation cover in order not to fall for this climatic change” he added.
The Sumankwahene, who is the supervisor for the projects said, the traditional council will use a week for registration of the farmers and stakeholders and distribute free seedlings across Wassa Amenfi to support the tree planting exercise.
Nana Agyei Fenah II called on all farmers in Wassa Amenfi and Ghana at large to own the tree planting exercise to make it successful.
He said, since trees continuous to be a source of water and provision of quality shades for their farm crops, he encouraged them to cultivate the habit of planting more trees to sustain their farms.
Planting trees on their farms he said will also combat the effects of climate change as well as to provide them with useful produce.
The government plans for Green Ghana Day to become an annual event, with an ambitious goal of expanding the day’s planting target from 5 million to 100 million trees by 2024.