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Bush fire likely to decline this year due to government’s plantation policy – CCCFS



Ghanaian based Non- governmental organisation, Centre for Climate Change & Food Security (CCCFS) is predicting significant decline in the cases of bush fire recorded in the country every year.

If all things being equal, the centre is expecting 90 percent reduction in bush fire cases in the transitional zone.

As at October 2018, the zone which covers Bono East, Ahafo and Bono regions recorded 868 bushfires. The figure was expected to increase to over 1,000 before the end of the year.

Researchers at the Centre say the situation is likely to change.

They attributes their findings to government’s planting for export and rural development project as an uphill to fighting against menace which has devastated farms and properties in the past.

Executive Director for the centre, Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen says most of the farmers in the transitional zone of the country are keen of protecting their plantation.

All 150 farmers who spoke to the centre say they would not set fire or look on while colleagues set fire to destroy their plantation.

The centre findings indicate some of the farmers who took delivery of the cashew seedlings were, in the past, deliberately set on their farmers to offset some cost of clearing the land or hunting purposes.

The centre believes that such programs, if continues, will not only boost the income level of the farms but also protect the vegetation.

Researchers at the centre are urging on the government to increase the number of production next year to make sure interested farmers get what they need to plant.

Source /Ayisah Foster 

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