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Oct 12, 2011

Governments spends GH¢36million on Forestry

Mr. Raphael Yeboah, the Executive Director of the Forestry Services Davison (FSD) of the Forestry Commission (FC),  says government has spent GH¢36 million to put over 27 million seedlings plantation under the new National Forest Plantation Development Programme.

He said under the programme, degraded forest reserves and off-reserve areas are being replanted, to achieve a sustainable resource base that will satisfy future demands for industrial timber and enhance the environment.

 Mr. Yeboah made this known at Akyawkrom in the Central Region, during a capacity-building workshop for the first batch of 74 graduates, engaged under the programme, stating that about 30,000 hectares of degraded forest has been replanted.

 According to him, the programme is one sure way of maintaining Ghana’s forest cover and that is why government is injecting so much capital into it.

 Mr. Yeboah expressed confidence in the graduates to help achieve the objectives of the programme, noting that about 31,000 people, including 250 graduates have been offered employment under the plantation programme nation-wide.

 Source: ISD