GREEN GHANA 2022:"Monitoring Is More Important Than Planting" - Lands Minister
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor is appealing to persons who partook in the tree planting exercise on Friday to ensure proper monitoring and maintenance of the various seedlings.
The Minister made these known when he joined some foreign diplomats to plant some seedlings in Accra.
Addressing Journalists, he said "The monitoring is even more important than the planting. If you plant and don't monitor, it is meaningless"
"The Forestry Commission and the Ministry has a robust framework of ensuring monitoring, evaluation and making sure that we have the architecture to ensure that the trees survive"
"I am happy to say that 85% or so of last year's trees survived and as I travelled across the country, I took time to inspect how the trees were doing"
"Some of the trees are doing well and we have learned some lessons and we have decided to plant 10 million trees of forest reserves"
The Minister also charged personnel in the media fraternity to also indulge in the exercise.
The Green Ghana exercise which began last year saw about 7 million trees planted across the country.
This year, it is expected that 20 million seedlings will be planted across the country.
President Akufo-Addo, Lands Minister, Chief Justice, Foreign Diplomats among others partook in the exercise.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith