Maltaaba Women Peasant Farmers Cooperative plants tree species in the EU
The Maltaaba Women Peasant Farmers Cooperative in the Upper East Region of Ghana, with financial support from the Forest and Farm Facility, planted around 1,000 species of trees on a plot of land acquired by the group in the community of Yarkot, in the Nabdam district of the region.
Among the tree species planted were economic trees such as cashew, papaya and mangoes. Others were Cassia Siamia, Ceiba, Mahogany, Neem, Montalis, Eucalyptus, Buahiaia, Moringa, Buahiaia and Moringa
Speaking to the media during the community planting exercise on Saturday, Maltaaba Women Peasant Farmers Cooperative Executive Secretary Lydia Miyella Lydia said the Maaltaaba women’s group, with financial support from the Forest and Farm Facility, was implementing a Climate Change Resilient Landscapes and Livelihoods Improvement Project in the region.
She said that through the project, the women’s group was trained in making compost for the maintenance of seedlings for planting and also for sale to other organizations in the future. And stressed that trees are very important for human existence on earth and regretted that due to population growth in the world, trees are cut down every day to build factories and houses
“It is expected that this support will help create long-term, full-time, sustainable employment for the community of Yakoti and surrounding areas, especially the beneficiaries of the group who are mostly widows and single mothers. This will ensure food security for farmers, reforest depleted land. . The trees will survive for the next generation,” she stressed.
The executive secretary, who said the group had also established a ½ acre woodlot for household energy revenue and environmental conservation, urged the group to take the exercise seriously and stressed that “trees help to the environment over long periods of time by providing oxygen, improving air quality Improving climate, conserving water, soil and supporting wildlife During the process of photosynthesis, trees produce carbon dioxide carbon and produce the oxygen we breathe”.
Prior to the tree planting exercise, a technician from -TRAX—GHANA,–Mr. –Solomon—- educated participants on the benefits of tree growing such as hair removal prevention and soil fertility, firewood, building materials, fruit and fodder for livestock. .and advised them to take advantage of the intervention to improve their livelihoods.