ACCRA, The conservation of Ghana’s biodiversity and natural resources is essential to the country’s survival, says Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Speaking at the media launch for the 5th Ghana Garden and Flower Show here over the weekend, he called for attitudinal and behavioural change among Ghanaians to ensure sustainable protection of the environment and natural resources. The fair will be held from Aug 31 to Sept 4 here.
The flower show aims at increasing public awareness on the need to grow flora and fauna for aesthetic, beautification and health benefits. Prof. Frimpong-Boateng noted that promoting the cultivation of flowers was also an avenue for creating employment and eradicating poverty.
He cited Kenya and Ethiopia as examples where horticulture and floriculture had created jobs for millions and earned millions of dollars in foreign exchange for the two countries.
Commending the organizers of the fair for creating a platform for preserving the environment and creating awareness of job opportunities, he pledged the Ministry’s support to ensure a successful programme.
He said businesses and individuals had realised that gardens and flowers were not only objects of beauty to the eye and healing to the distressed soul but also good for individual livelihoods.
He also stressed the need to deepen national awareness to addressing the phenomenon of climate change and environmental degradation.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK