Forestry Commission clamps down on illegal farmers, loggers in Desiri forest

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The Forestry Commission has embarked on a massive clamp down on some illegal farmers and loggers who invaded the Desiri forest reserve, at Dadiesoaba-Mankesim, in the Asutifi South District of Brong Ahafo Region causing massive destruction.

A joint taskforce made up of the military and the Rapid Response Unit of the Forestry Commission, on Wednesday destroyed about 30 hectares of cocoa and other cash crop farms being cultivated inside the reserve

The taskforce also sized a quantity of timber lumbers and logs and destroyed structures of encroachers who are both locals and foreigners during the operation.

The special operation comes at the back of Ghanaian Times publication on activities of illegal miners and timber loggers in the Desiri forest reserve in the area.

In the publication in the Ghanaian Times issue of August 31, 2018 under the caption “Galamseyers, loggers invade Desiri Forest reserve in Brong Ahafo Region”, it was revealed that the illegal activities by the encroachers on the 150.2 square km was being fronted by some Chinese nationals who are allegedly being harboured   by some traditional authorities and other opinion leaders in the area.

Speaking to the media after the exercise, Mr Palmer Aikins Amponsah, Forest Manager in-charge of the area said, the operation by the taskforce was ongoing and aimed at rejuvenating the depleted forest reserve back to its original state.

He stated that similar operations would be carried out in other reserves across the country.

Mr Amponsah said about 3,100 tree seedlings would be planted by personnel under the Youth in Afforestation Programme inaugurated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in Kumasi recently.

The Forestry Manager appealed to the chiefs in forest fringe communities, to help protect the country’s forest for future generation.

 DANIEL DZIRASAH, SUNYANI

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