The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) is partnering the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana in a tree planting exercise to green Kumasi.
The Kumasi Urban Forestry Project is aimed at restoring the city to its status as the garden city of West Africa.
Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu revealed FORIG has nursed a number of selected tree seedlings able to withstand harsh weather conditions for the vegetative exercise.
Over five hundred trees are expected to be planted this year along the Asokwa Interchange to Anloga Junction. A target of one million trees has been set for 2017.
Addressing the Assembly’s first ordinary session for the year, the Mayor stated the initiative is part of the new developmental phase for the city.
“You will, no doubt agree with me that Kumasi is currently a pale shadow of what it used to be. Environmental degradation has resulted in the loss of most of its vegetation.
“The actual tree planting exercise will start from the 14th to 16th April, 2014, all things being equal. This would allow us to take advantage of the early rains,” he said.
The project will also feature school children in the tree planting exercise in a contest dubbed, “my tree and me”.
Winners of the competition would get the opportunity to travel to Germany for holidays and experience their system.
The mayor believes this will instill some sense of environmental consciousness in them and make them aware that trees are very important.
“Official lunch would however take place sometime in the middle of May, 2014 when school children would have returned from the Easter holidays to enable them undertake the planting exercise,” he added.
Meanwhile, the assembly has been able to secure some sponsorship from foreign donors, GIZ and VNF.
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