According to the Eastern Regional Forestry Commission, the region plans to plant 600,000 seedlings to support President Akufo-Addo’s vision of regreening Ghana.
This year’s Green Ghana Day is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2023, with the entire country aiming to plant ten million (10 million) seedlings to supplement the previous ones.
As a result, the DCE for Birim North, Hon Remond Nana Damptey, revealed today on News that the district intends to plant 50,000 seedlings on this year’s Green Ghana Day, which will take place on Friday, June 9, 2023, and the destroyed Forest Reserve will take 45,000 seedlings.
The Green Ghana Day was introduced in 2021 by the government, under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, as part of an aggressive afforestation and reforestation programme to restore the country’s lost forest cover.
Over seven million trees were planted in the first edition, exceeding the five million tree target. Last year, over twenty-four million trees were planted, exceeding the target of twenty million trees.
According to the government, the 2021 edition had a survival rate of eighty-one percent (81%), while the 2022 edition had a survival rate of seventy-two percent (72%).
This brings the total number of surviving trees for the two years to over twenty-three million (23,000,000).
The Eastern Regional Forestry Commission said the exercise is one that every Ghanaian must participate in.
The DCE for Birim North, Hon Remond Nana Damptey, said we have to take care of the planted trees so they would survive.
”Tree planting is a good initiative, but once you finish planting them, we must care for them so that they will survive. We cannot plant trees and then forget about them. We must keep an eye on the trees after they have been planted to ensure their survival. It would have been better not to plant a tree in the first place if you forget to nurture it.”