Farmers at Navrongo and Tweakor Number One, in the Jomoro District of the Western Region, are happy that the Coastal Sustainable Landscapes Project (CSLP) has been extended for another three years, to enable them to reap more benefits.
They said the project had promoted climate change activities, improved reafforestation, soil security and fertility, and agriculture generally,in both areas.
The farmers expressed these views when the CSLP management held the 2016 Media Day last Wednesday, to tell the success story of the project in the Jomoro District.
So far, the project had mapped 68 farms with a total area of 156.38 hectares with GPS while carbon sequestered to avoid emissions totalled 60,039 tonnes from 160,74 trees planted. Community nursery stock as at 2015, was 8,000. For bee-keeping, 17 beehives had been colonised in both communities.
The chairman of the Navrongo group, Mrs. Gladys Atsu, who had planted 475 trees including mahogany, Ofrram, Emmre, said the project had improved soil fertility, vegetable production and requested for more trees from CSLP.
She said, her two -year old four bee hives on her 30 acre farm, from which she harvested good yields of honey earned her much returns.
Another lady, Mary Adoboli, said she had also expanded her farm with a 5,000 tree plantation and observed that the rainfall pattern at Navrongo had improved, hoping that deforestation would be halted.
The Odikro of Navrongo, Nana Walter Adzoku Cudjoe, thanked USAID for the CSLP project, noting that it had improved climate change activities, afforestation, vegetable farming with no chemical applications like DDT, except animal organic manure.
He added that he had planted 1,375 trees supplied by the project on his cocoa farm and requested for 4,500 trees this year.
Announcing the extension of the CSLP in the region,the Deputy Director of USAID/Ghana Economic Growth Office, Brian Conklin, said it ensure that the new arrangement would lengthen the present one which began in October 2013 to September 2019, to reduce poverty and increase resiliency in targeted communities through improved natural resource management, livelihood diversification,value chain development and ecosystem restoration.
Additionally, he mentioned that the activities to improve the economic benefits of the targeted communities in the Western Region would include intervention like short term and medium term livelihood improvement activities such as beekeeping,climate smart vegetable production and woodlots for charcoal production.
The CSLP, he added, worked with the US Forest Service and the Ghana Government to promote low emission development by strengthening community- based natural resource management and monitoring and livelihood diversification.
The Director of CSLP, Dr. Steve Dennison, told journalists that the project marked the success story of what a committed community could do to improve their economy, environment and livelihoods, saying that management would consolidate the gains made.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Navrongo