Green Ghana Project: 89% Trees Planted In 2021 Survived In Bono Regional – FSD
Sunyani, March 30, 2022
A survey conducted by the National Security indicated that 89 per cent of trees planted in June 2021 through the Green Ghana project had survive in the Bono region.
Mr. Stephen Mwinayelle, the Deputy Regional Manager, Forest Services Division (FSD) told the newsmen in an interview in Sunyani.
He said the survival survey was conducted between October and November 2021 and the regional Office of the FSD would undertake a second exercise to ascertain the number of died ones for replacement as the rains has started.
Mr. Mwinayelle said the Bono region exceeded its target in 2021 by planting 604,868 tree seedlings of various species including fruit trees, though the region was expected to plant 250,000 trees.
Fast over the years, climate change has affected everything, Mr. Mwinayelle stated, adding that the government and the FSD aimed at ensuring re-greening of the entire environment so that lands degraded through gallamsey and bush fires would be reclaimed to make the non productive lands productive.
He commended institutions and organizations that partnered the FSD in the tree planting exercise.
Mr. Mwinayelle explained that trees planted by Form Ghana, Samatex, the Ghana Army, some schools and organizations such as the Roman Catholic and the Methodist church have almost 100 per cent survival.
But, Mr. Mwinayelle worried it was very difficult for the FSD to monitor the survival rate of some trees planted in the open space and roadside because the planters did not protect those trees and as a result, been destroyed by stray animals.
He said as the 2022 Green Ghana project has been launched, the FSD would inspect and monitor planting spaces of individuals who would request the seedlings and ensure they were being taken care of after planting to avoid wastage.