Today is Green Ghana Day

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources,  Samuel A. Jinapor has called on Ghanaians and residents of Ghana to join government and his Ministry in the tree planting exercise on Friday, June 9, 2023, with a charge on them to not only pickup the seedlings, but also do well to plant and nurture it unto maturity.

The Minister in an interview on Thursday, 8th June 2023, on Joy FM’s morning show said nurturing the trees to maturity is as important as planting and that he noted is the reason for downsizing this year’s Green Ghana target to 10 million seedlings.

He stated the road map for the Green Ghana Day, pointing out that planting on June 9th will commence with the President’s Commemorative planting at the University of Ghana Legon, after which some other dignitaries will plant concurrently in various regions across the country.

Officials of Forestry Commission supervising planting of a tree

“Otumfuo will be planting, Yaa Naa will be planting, the National Chief Imam, the Chief of Staff and other key stakeholders like the Ambassadors in Ghana will also be planting,” he added.

The Minister also revealed that Parliament has suspended its session on the Green Ghana Day to allow all parliamentarians lead their constituents to plant.

Answering a question on the survival rate of seedlings, the Lands Minister said about 80% of seedlings planted in 2021 have survived whilst 70% survived in 2022 and that he said is quite appreciable but was quick to add that there’s more room for improvement.

The Minister, in his submission, announced that distribution of seedlings has 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 to be the Forestry Commission Head Office, Regional and Districts offices of the Forest Services Division, the Ministry and the malls.

Jinapor also 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 so far and also appreciated the efforts of the Green Ghana Planning Committee and all other partners and stakeholders for making government’s aggressive afforestation and reafforestation agenda a success.



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