The Juaso district forestry manageress, Mrs. Rebecca Opann has appealed to Ghanaians to help eradicate perpetrators of the forest reserved meant for human benefit.
She disclosed this in an interview with Newslinegh Reporter during a day tour with its rapid response team to the reserved to ensure its [Plantation] protection which could also serve as warning to the perpetrators.
Mrs. Opann stated that, the Fulani headsmen have taken the law into their hands ,also, they want to destroy the reserved by allowing their cattle to grass on the plantation, making it difficult for farmers and private partners to continue producing in wider quantity and at times discouraged them to go on with their plantations.
“Day in and out ,the the Fulani’s have been fighting with our farmers and private partners who are willing to replant the ‘teak’ and always get backing from some individuals”. She reiterated.
Mrs. Opann continued that, Ghanaians and other stakeholders must come to their aid in order to help stop the Fulani from rampant bush burning of the reserved.
Adding that, during dry seasons, these perpetrators go about to drastically burn up the plantation to allow their cattle to feed on, which is causing fear and panics amongst the farmers.
In conclusion, she added that, they have been frequently engaging the farmers and the private partners on different platforms for education concerning the plantation, but their major problem is to stop the Fulani headsmen, since all their means have proved futile, therefore, urging the government as well to be proactive, especially on the issue of the Fulani jeopardizing the state reserved and plantations.
By: Kelly Fred Nyame