Tamale, May 15, GNA – Tree Aid Ghana, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), has presented 380 beehives to its partners for distribution to bee keepers in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions to help in the production of honey.
The NGO and its partners, which include the Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC), Jaksally, Partnership for Rural Development Action and Trax Programme Support, have trained bee keepers in the three northern regions on bee keeping and honey production.
The presentation formed part of the Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Trade project being implemented by Tree Aid Ghana with the objective to reduce poverty and create wealth.
Other initiatives under the four-year project with sponsorship from Comic Relief, a United Kingdom based organisation, include baobab and shea value chains.
Mr Andrew Dokurugu, the Country Manager for Tree Aid Ghana, who presented the items to the partners in Tamale on Thursday, said apart from the technology and sharpening the skills of bee keepers, the facilities were also highly subsidized.
Mr Dokurugu said Tree Aid Ghana and its partners had established strong linkages at the community and district levels through the producer cooperative societies and the creation of cooperative unions, which ensured greater coordination through producer networks.
He said this would also ensure sustainability of the project.
Mr Akparibo Mark, the Programmes Coordinator of CSRC, who spoke on behalf of the partners, expressed gratitude to Tree Aid Ghana for the support, saying, it would help to improve the livelihoods of the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, Tree Aid Ghana has held a national conference on NTFP in Tamale on the theme: ‘Harnessing Tree Resources for Livelihood Security and Pro-poor Wealth Creation in Northern Ghana’.
It was attended by Municipal and District Chief Executives, representatives from the Forestry Commission, Ghana National Fire Service, Environmental Protection Agency, other public agencies, non-governmental organizations and traditional rulers from the project areas in the three northern regions.
Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, the Northern Regional Minister, in a speech read on his behalf, commended Tree Aid Ghana for its project, which complemented government’s efforts at greening the regions to ensure sustainable environment.
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