The Juaso District Forestry Manageress, Mrs. Rebecca Opanin, has appealed to Ghanaians to help eradicate encroachers on the forest reserve meant for human benefit.
The manageress noted that Fulani headsmen have taken the law into their hands and are destroying the reserve by allowing their cattle to graze on the plantation farming, and making it difficult for farmers and private partners to continue producing in wider quantity and also discouraging them from going on with the plantation farming.
Mrs. Opanin was speaking in an interview with the media, during a tour with the rapid response team to the reserve to ensure that the plantation is protected and to also serve as warning to the perpetrators.
“Day in and day out, the Fulani have been fighting with our farmers and private partners who are willing to replant the “ teak’’ and always getting backing from some individuals,” she reiterated.
She appealed to Ghanaians and other stakeholders to come to their aid in order to help stop the Fulani herdsmen from rampant bush burning of the reserve, adding that, during dry seasons, those perpetrators go about to burn up the plantation to allow their cattle to feed on, something which has brought fear into the plantation farmers.
She added that they had been frequently engaging the farmers and private partners on different platforms for education concerning the plantation farming, but their major problem is how to stop the Fulani headsmen, since all their means have proved futile.
She urged the government to be proactive, especially on the issue of the Fulani destroying the state’s reserve and plantation.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi.