The regent of Eremon, Paul Naasumah has expressed concern at the indiscriminate felling of trees and bush burning in the Lawra municipality.
The regent said farmers can no longer predict when to plant their seeds due to the worsening climate change.
He urged farmers to use indigenous farming practices to save the environment from climate change.
“It is a fact that our forefathers used indigenous farming practices, they never indiscriminately fell trees, never burnt bushes and crop residue to have food in abundance nor engaged in illegal mining/galamsey,” he added.
Paul Naasumaah admonished farmers to behave positively towards the environment by putting a stop to bush burning and indiscriminate felling of trees.
The regent was addressing the 2018 edition of the annual Senkaa (Groundnut) festival celebrated by the people of Eremon.
The Senkaa (Groundnut) was instituted five (5) years ago by the people of Eremon to celebrate and recognize the importance of the crop to the local economy.
Paul Naasumaahappealed to government to consider groundnut in the planting for food and jobs programme noting that the crop has the potential of bringing higher incomes to the people of Lawra than cereals.
“Groundnut is one of the profitable cash crops grown by small holder farmers in the northern part of Ghana and Eremon is not an exception. Eremon undeniable leads in the municipality in groundnut production. Groundnut has the potentials of producing higher incomes than cereals hence the need to take comparative advantage of it in our municipality for the 1D1F flagship programme.”
The fifth edition was celebrated on the theme “Groundnut-our Traditional crop, our Economic Opportunity.” The regent also admonished the people to “enroll into the government’s flagship programme and take advantage of the inputs to expand our fields in order to reap the benefits of the programme and appeal to the government to consider groundnut in the planting for food and jobs flagship programme as it has the potential of transforming the municipality”.
Speaking on education, the regent expressed concern over the very low space growth in education standard. He said basic schools in the municipality are challenged with infrastructure. “It is interesting to mention that a school in Eremon again has emerged with the best aggregate for the municipality in the 2018 BECE. However, the basic schools are challenged with the following; inadequate furniture, over-crowding of students, inadequate teaching and learning materials and deplorable state of classroom blocks.”
He appealed to government to come to the aid of the basic and senior high schools in the municipality.