The Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Alhassan Sulemana, has indicated that the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) will next year pass a bye-law to regulate the activities of tree cutting and charcoal burning within communities in the region.
He made this known during the distribution of 80,000 cashew seedlings to some 2,000 farmers at Ga in the Wa West District under the government’s Planting for Export and Rural Development programme.
“Look at the harm we are causing to our environment…and therefore the Regional Coordinating Council, we are going to pass a bye-law to all assemblies, that, effective next year, every community will have to establish a woodlot within your community’’ he said.
Mr. Sulemana said the Regional Coordinating Council will liaise with the forestry commission to provide the trees or seedlings for communities to plant in the woodlot.
He added that “we have inherited the environment from our ancestors and there we shouldn’t degrade it, we shouldn’t deforest it, we should make sure that we continue to preserve the environment for our benefit.’’
The regional minister congratulated the Wa West district assembly and the initial beneficiaries of the Planting for Export and Rural Development programme.
Edward Laabiir Sabo, the District Chief Executive for Wa West, speaking at the ceremony indicated that the 5-year programme is geared towards increasing the production of cashew and value for money to cashew farmers.
He added that the cashew plantation will serve as a source of employment to the unemployed youth in the district.
He called on the youth and all individuals in the district to invest in cashew plantation.
Some beneficiary farmers who received the cashew seedlings expressed their readiness to invest in cashew plantation to improve their economic fortunes in the district.