GHANA TO RECRUIT 17,000 YOUTH TO HELP IN AFFORESTATION EFFORTS

ACCRA, The government of Ghana will recruit 17,000 youth next year to help in carrying out the government’s afforestation programme on reclaimed, mined areas across the country as part of the Multilateral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP), says Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Benito Owusu-Bio.

The recruitment would be undertaken by the Forestry Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, he said when he and other government officials visited Richie Plantation Limited, a firm which grows palm seedlings, at Dunkwa in Upper Denkyira East District of Central Region (Province) on Monday.

He said the youth to be employed under the programme would be sent to the various metropolitan, municipal and district offices of the Youth Employment Authority to grow seedlings and support the government’s afforestation programme of recovering degraded mined areas.

He said the afforestation programme would also provide alternative employment for illegal miners who had been rendered redundant following the government moratorium on all forms of small-scale mining activities across the country.

He said the government was not against mining but wanted mining to be conducted in a sustainable manner.

The government would offer support to Richie Plantation Limited under the Minerals Development Fund in order to raise more seedlings for farmers to plant as part of the afforestation programme. It would also support other firms undertaking similar projects in other regions to raise cashew and cocoa seedlings for farmers.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

   

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