The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has called on Ghanaians and residents of Ghana to join government and his Ministry in the tree planting exercise today.
In an interview on Joy FM yesterday, Mr Jinapor also stressed the need to nurture the trees to maturity to achieve the effect of downsizing this year’s Green Ghana target to 10million seedlings.
He spelt out the road map for the Green Ghana Day, saying “the President will do commemorative planting at the University of Ghana, Legon, after which some other dignitaries will plant concurrently in various regions across the country.
The Minister indicated that Asantehene Otumfuo, Yaa Naa, the National Chief Imam, the Chief of Staff and other key stakeholders like the Ambassadors in Ghana will also be planting.
He also revealed that Parliament would suspend its session to allow all parliamentarians lead their constituents to in the tree planting exercise.
Touching on the survival rate of seedlings, the Lands Minister said about 80% of seedlings planted in 2021 had survived while 70% survived in 2022. That, he said, is quite appreciable but still needed improvement.
Mr Jinapor announced that distribution of seedlings had started, and encouraged all to visit the various pick up points in the country to pick up theirs. He named some of the pickup points as the Forestry Commission Head Office, Regional and Districts offices of the Forest Services Division, the Ministry and the malls.
He further named the tree seedlings available for pick up, outlining them as, fruit trees such as, mango, guava, coconut and some ornamental plants with timber species and oil palm as well.
He applauded Ghanaians for the support and commitment to the programme. He appreciated the efforts of the Green Ghana Planning Committee, partners and stakeholders for making government’s aggressive afforestation and reafforestation agenda a success.