Skip to main content

About 25,000 hectares of forest plantations to be established annually


By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express

A report on the Ghana Forest Plantation Strategy (GFPS) has revealed that an estimated average annual rate of 25,000 ha of forest plantations will be established between 2016 and 2040.

This includes 10,000 ha by public sector, public-private partnerships, public–community collaborations; and 15,000 ha by the private sector.

The report which is available to the public stated that it is expected that an annual average area of 5,000 ha of under-stocked and degraded forest reserves and community forests will be enriched using high value indigenous tree species over a 20-year period.

“An estimated 5 million forest tree seedlings will be provided annually to farmers across the country to incorporate within farming systems (especially cocoa and food crop farms),” the report noted.

According to the report, over the strategy period, an estimated 150,000 ha of farms will be targeted annually. “Additionally, the strategy targets the maintenance and rehabilitation of an estimated 235,000 ha of existing forest plantations,” it added.

It also identifies challenges to past efforts and consequently outlines the strategic direction, actions and resources required to promote the development of productive and sustainable forest plantations.

It indicates the technical and financial resources required and performance measures necessary to track progress over the period (2016 to 2040).

The report mentioned that the proposed interventions are expected to support the development of a sustainable forest resource base that will satisfy future demand for industrial timber and enhance environmental quality.

“These interventions are expected to relieve the pressure on the existing natural forests, enhance connectivity between the agricultural and forest landscapes to promote biodiversity conservation, manage barriers to forest plantation investments, while providing optimum income generation opportunities for forest plantation owners, the timber industry, forest-fringe communities and the national economy,” said the report.

Daily Express learnt that this report outlines plans by the government, private sector and rural communities to restore degraded landscapes through the development of commercial forest plantations, smallholder plantations, enrichment planting of degraded forests and to provide support for the incorporation of trees within farming systems.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Deputy AG sues Facebooker over 'malicious' Ameri deal

The Deputy Attorney-General and Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, Mr Dominic Ayine has filed a defamation suit at an Accra High Court against a Facebook commentator, Evron Hughes.
In Mr Ayine’s statement of claim, sighted by Graphic Online, he accused Mr Hughes of defaming him in a post he authored and published on Facebook on December 21, 2015, titled “RE: AMERI TRANSACTION”.
According to the Deputy A-G, the “false and malicious” post has provoked “public disaffection” against him and exposed him to public ridicule and contempt.
Describing Mr Hughes as a “self-styled social media blogger and a social commentator”, Mr Ayine said the Facebook post had brought his hard-won reputation “as a respected politician, teacher and lawyer” into “hatred, ridicule, odium, discredit, contempt, opprobrium and reproach”.
The Deputy A-G said the “defamatory words” were authored with the sole intent to reduce him in the estimation of all right thinking Ghanaians, adding that he had received numerou…

Meet Ghanaian female shoemaker

The Saint Ozwald shoe brand

By: Fred Yaw SARPONG
The Daily Express

From her humble beginning in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region, a senior high female graduate from the Twene Amanfo Senior high in the Brong Ahafo Sunyani and a Ghanaian now boasts of being one of the most popular Made-in-Ghana shoe brands and has the most number of celebrity endorsements.
Sandra Ozwald, CEO of Saint Ozwald

After Sandrah Ozwald completed school in 2013, her parent couldn't have enough money to help her continue school so she planned to do something for herself by selling ice cream, groundnut cakes or food. Back at the senior high, Sandra used to make groundnut cakes, condensed toffees and ice cream to support herself since her mother couldn't provide all for her.

With 12 siblings and the only girl child (2nd born) among them, and whiles planning which of these to sell, Sandra attended a friend’s wedding and the grooms shoe looked so attractive to her.

According to her, the groom’s shoes were Ma…