By Fatima Anafu-Astanga, GNA
April 22, GNA - Queen mother of Yandankurog, near Tongo in the
Upper East Region, Madam Engsomidmahmi Tule has allocated land for
re-generation of shrubs to replenish the lost vegetation in her community.
Engsomidmahmi has also advocated non- burning and slashing of trees on the
Farmer managed natural re-generation project to ensure the area gained its
vegetative cover and improved soils for food production.
Madam Tule with
support of her community members in a group called ' Sugru Mahme' where men and
women worked together to maintain, grow and protect the tree shrubs from fire
and indiscriminate cutting.
Speaking in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency during the visit to the Yandankrug
community, the queen mother explained that the idea to start the FMNR project
in the area was mooted when she visited other communities and compared weather
conditions and food yields after the farming season.
visit to Tongo for women leaders meeting, I realised the venue for the meeting
had many trees, and as a result, the sun was not as scorchy as compared to my
community in Yadankorug". The queen mother explained.
therefore pledged her widow's mite to contribute to make her area one of the
areas for learning for FMNR.
World Vision for enlightening the community for the need to use indigenous ways
to replenish the lost vegetation, she also thanked the organization for
supporting the community with training on management of the resource and
providing them needed logistics such as wellington boots, and tools to make
work easy on the project.
weather conditions including poor rainfall pattern, the scotching nature of the
sun during our off-farming season and unavailability of trees to provide shade
for us at Yandankuran is the reason we are practising regeneration of the
vegetation” Madam Tule indicated.
community started the FMNR model, we experience more moisture when it rains and
I think it is because of our acceptance to recreate the land and also practise
land conserving practices here”. She spoke in Taleni.
reiterated the absence of a borehole in the community as a major challenge and
noted that the only borehole in the area broke down over 10 years ago and
members of the community obtained water from adjoining communities to solve
their water needs and called for help for the installation of a borehole for
Dinniah acknowledged the benefits accrued from the community project and
indicated that their livestock now hadf fodder and remained within the
community instead of going distances in search of food.
Mr Lambert Boar
Nyaaba, a member of the group prayed for unity among the members to achieve the
needed intentions of the group, especially working to improve livelihoods of
community members and leaving a better future for the next generation of their
He called on
the traditional authority for the institution and enforcement of laws to deter
people from setting fire to the project among others.
Biengbon Tengbon who explained how members planned to attend to emergencies
especially fire outbreaks on the project, told the GNA that World Vision
supported in that direction by training them on such emergencies.
noted some of the benefits women were getting from the project included fuel
wood and called for support to plant more exotic trees in the area as sheanuts
trees and others were doing well on the project and providing women, men and
children fresh fruits all the time.
activities the group undertake in the project also include; Bee-keeping while
women also benefitted from the pruned shrubs for cooking at home, harvest of
fruits for sale and for family.