Deputy Lands Minister urges citizens to plant more trees to protect the environment

Deputy Lands Minister urges citizens to plant more trees to protect the environment

The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, has encouraged all citizens to cultivate the habit of planting more trees in their respective environment for protection, and to also create a future for the nation.

The minister said these when he joined the youth, school children, security personnel from the Northern command of the Ghana Armed Forces, staff of the Forestry Commission and the media to plant some seedlings at the Northern Command and the various military barracks in Tamale.

The second edition of the Green Ghana aims to create national awareness of the need to restore the greenness of Ghana, and also to establish a solid relationship between the youth and agriculture.

This year’s exercise, rolled out by the Forestry Commission in collaboration with the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, saw the planting of mahogany, wawa, cashew, rosewood, coconut, palm, mango, acacia and orange trees across the length and breadth of the region.

He noted that census conducted for the 2021 exercise revealed that about 80 percent of seedlings planted have survived and growing at the various locations.

He commended all for the enthusiasm to aid government in planting of the seedlings across the country for a better future; adding that the children participating indicated that the project as a future to be sustained.  He appealed to the media to help sensitise the public against fire outbreaks, and the need to desist from cutting down the trees unlawfully.

General officer commanding, Northern Command, Brigadier-General Moses Aryee, expressed gratitude to the Forestry Commission and the ministry for extending the exercise to their camp, saying it would help make the environment green.

Bernard Tabil, Regional Forestry Commission Manager, encouraged institutions and individuals to come for more seedlings and plant them as part of the Greening Ghana project.


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