Ghana looks to plantations to create jobs

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Alhaji Inusah Fuseinu swearing in the members of the board. 

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has announced plans by government to create many jobs through the establishment of plantations across the country.

He said the Forest Plantation Development Fund had been established by government to boost the planting of trees using both public and private sectors to generate employment for citizens.

?It is hoped that the programme will generate full time and part-time jobs as well as enhance jobs including tree seedling production, forest fire prevention and further help Ghana?s efforts at Green House Gases emission reduction,? he said.

Alhaji Fuseini made this statement at the inauguration of the Forest Plantation Development Fund Management Board, which was constituted to oversee the successful application of the fund.

The board is mandated to provide policy guidance, review progress of the programme and approve budgets for operational activities.

Inaugurating the five-member board at the Ministry?s premises in Accra, Alhaji Fuseini indicated that the board would, among other things, attract contributions to the fund and invest the monies in the fund, encourage investment in forest plantation development through various incentives.

Also the board will work to facilitate best practices for optimum timber plantation establishment and management, promote a feasible scheme that supports related forest projects and monitor the progress of the scheme to ensure compliance with the objects of the Forest Plantation Development Fund Act.

The sector minister said the nature of the programme requires a collaborative effort from several institutions both government and non-governmental in its lementation.

?It is my hope that the board will be able to promote effective collaboration among those institutions for smooth implementation of the programme,? he observed.

The board members are Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, Dormaahene, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission, Samuel Afari Dartey, Professor Bruce Banoeng Yakubo, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Sylvia Nyante, Agricultural Development Bank (adb) and Naa Robert Loga, Suntaa Nuntaa Agroforestry.

The Dormaahene Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, Chairman of the Board, in his inaugural address, expressed his gratitude to government for the confidence reposed in them.

He said the board will work to resolve challenges in the forest sector and appealed to citizens to work together to tackle the dwindling forest cover of the country.

 By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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