The Minister Designate for Savannah Region, Mr. Salifu Adam Brimah, has hinted of his commitment to engaging stakeholders in his area to see how best they can process rosewood in their region.
According to him, there was the need to intensify the fight against illegal rosewood harvesting in the three northern regions as it is destroying the few forests and polluting water bodies.
The erratic rainfall pattern in northern Ghana, which is having adverse effects on agriculture, could also be blamed on the destruction of the forest by people in search of rosewood trees.
The illegal harvesting of rosewood has been a major concern for MP for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak who has urged the government to form an anti rosewood task force just like it did for the ‘galamsey’ fight, arguing it was the only way the fight could be won.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has directed the Forestry Commission to ban the illegal harvesting of rosewood in the country.
Rosewood is one of the tree species found in the middle belt and Northern parts of the country.
The Commission is also to suspend the issuance and processing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) permits for the export of Rosewood.
The Ministry explained that harvesting of Rosewood was illegal in any part of the country, adding that the transportation and export of Rosewood had been suspended with immediate effect.
Hon. Brimah further assured the committee that when given the nod he will lobby for most deployable roads to be fixed to contribute to development in the region.