The government says it is impressed by the success of the Youth in Afforestation programme on the fight against deforestation across the country. The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, who gave the commendation, lauded the sterling performance of personnel engaged in the Afforestation programme.
The Deputy Minister, who was on tour of some of the tree planting sites in the Greater Accra Region, said the young men and women working on the afforestation programme were doing so well and setting a new paradigm for afforestation in the country.
“I am very happy to see what has gone on. This shows that with much effort more can be achieved; It also shows that we have not thrown away the funding that we have invested in this particular programme,” Owusu-Bio said.
The Forestry Commission’s tree planting sites in the capital include Tomefa near the Weija Dam, Agbozume in the Ablekuma District, Pantang, West Africa Senior High School and the Achimota forest Eco-Tourism centre.
Out of a total of 26 million seedlings planted over the past one year across the country on about 24,000 hectares of land, the Youth in Afforestation programme personnel alone have planted about 10 million seedlings on 8,000 hectares nationwide. Mr Owusu-Bio said the government will continue to support the programme to ensure future sustainability.
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