The Forestry Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security has expressed keen interest in supporting Green Scenery Community Forest Conservation project for the protection of the environment in the Nongobabulum Chiefdom Bonthe District.
Green Scenery Executive Director Joseph Rahall during a meeting with the Bonthe District Forestry Officer Michael Nabieu at Mattru Jong said Green Scenery is implementing a community forest and wild life conservation project by providing livelihood support to three communities in the Gbongokama Forest enclave of Nongobabulum Chiefdom within the Bonthe District.
Explaining further about the project Joseph Rahall said beneficiaries of the project from Gangama, Taetima and Messima have been provided with agricultural tools and seven bushels of rock ten rice grain, groundnut and 200 bundles of cassava stumps.
He further explained that five acres of farming land was cleared by each of the three farming communities benefiting from the project. The Executive Director added that funds were also provided for the construction of a drying floor and store at Gangama village to preserve their produce before marketing.
Joseph Rahall also noted that even nearby community members within the project area are also benefiting from the garri processing tools which include a presser, cassava crusher, frying pan and a generator which will be used by both the project beneficiaries and residents thereby creating an income generating program for the three communities.
The Executive Director further explained that the project beneficiaries have benefited from several training opportunities in land management, community forest conservation and environmental protection.
The Bonthe District Forestry Officer Michael Nabieu lauded the efforts of Green Scenery for supporting communities in the conservation of the Gbongokama forest and for also providing livelihood support to the beneficiaries of the project.
He assured the Executive Director of Green Scenery of the Forestry Departments’ commitment and determination to support the project by providing logistical and technical support to the three communities to compliment Green Scenery’s effort.
He promised to provide Green Scenery (1000) one thousand cashew nuts for planting in some of their community conserved forests across the country.
The Forestry Officer also said that it is great to protect the environment and spoke about the significance of tree planting in communities for the conservation of the forest and for protection of the environment.
He noted that government is currently formulating a community forest policy and that consultations are still ongoing among stakeholders.
By Saidu Bah