In a bid to protect the environment from illegal logging and burning of forest for farming purposes, Green Scenery an organization that promotes environmental awareness and its conservation has received support from the International Union of Nature Conservation in the Netherlands.
The ongoing project was designed to reduce the spate of deforestation within the Gbongokama forest by providing an increasing population in the forest enclave of Gangama, Taetima and Messima with sustainable livelihood options that serves as sources of income and capacity building in land management and mineral resources.
Green Scenery as an implementing agency has provided the three communities with cassava processing tools for the production of garri that will be marketed in urban areas for public consumption with the hope of generating income for the project beneficiaries.
During a visit to the project implementation area the Executive Director of Green Scenery Joseph Rahall said beneficiaries of the project have been provided with agricultural tools like hoe, wheel barrows and cutlasses including seven bushels of Rock Ten rice grain, groundnut and 200 bundles of cassava stumps for planting purposes.
He added that five acres of farming land have been cleared by each of the three farming communities while beneficiaries of the project have also constructed a store and a drying floor at Gangama village.
Green Scenery Training Manager Rev. Solomon Rogers has been intensely involved in the training of committee members and beneficiaries of the project on community awareness education on natural resources with the participation of all three communities.
The farming communities were also trained in land management, health and sanitation, agriculture, sustainable forest management, and the use of compost as fertilizer to avoid shifting cultivation.
Beneficiaries of the project in an interview with this reporter expressed gratitude to Green Scenery and its partners for ensuring that the Gbongokama forest is conserved and assured that a moratorium has been instituted on the forest while the formulation of bye-laws is also in progress.
Manju Kpaka a member of the project committee expressed thanks and appreciation to the implementing agency, Green Scenery for their commitment and determination in the provision of livelihood support and the various capacity building programs on land management and the introduction of compost fertilizer to farmers.
Iye Tiby one of the female beneficiaries of the project expressed optimism over the sustenance of the project and promised to educate other farmers within her locality about new farming methods and forest conservation. By Saidu Bah