Ghana — Available statistics indicate that, the Volta region tops incidents of bushfires in the country. This was disclosed by the Volta Regional Public Affairs Director of the Ghana National Fire Service, Joy Kwaku Agbleze, at the launch of the Ghana National Agricultural Technical Class Association Day celebration at Ziavi Dzogbe in the Ho Municipality. It had the theme, “Environmental Protection, a Pre-requisite for sustainable Agricultural Productivity towards Food Security and Income Generation”.
Mr. Agbleze reminded the people that the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) Law 229 prescribes laws and punishment for starting bushfire and anyone who falls foal of the law will be dealt with.
The Regional Director of the Department of Food and Agriculture in a speech said many farm lands have lost their fertility due to perennial bushfires. He said herbs and plant medicines have been destroyed by bushfires and indiscriminate tree felling. He advised all, to plant trees to replenish degraded forests.
The National President of the Association, Emmanuel Fritz Korwunu, urged all to protect the forest and the environment.
The Paramount Chief of Ziavi Traditional Area, Togbe Koku Ayim advised the youth to take keen interest in agriculture, especially cocoa and coffee production.