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Incumbent Assemblyman for Jantong Daashei intensifies efforts to protect Shea trees

The incumbent Assemblyman for Jantong Daashei in the North Gonja District in the Savanna Region, Inusah Hamza Lansah in collaboration with Women groups in the area have intensified their efforts to protect Shea trees in the area.

They have therefore secured over 30 acres of land with some shea tress, aiming to plant more trees to increase productivity in the shea sector of the area.

As part of measures to protect the land, Honourable Lansah who is seeking re-election provided a sign post to be mounted at the boundaries of the land to ward-off encroachers.

The leader of the women groups, Madam Yahaya Hawa who spoke to Zaa News said Shea is one of the valuable tropical resources; it is the cocoa or gold of the north that should be preserved.

She said women in the Jantong Daashei will make it a point to educate each other on the need to preserve the Shea trees to enhance resilience and provide sustainable jobs for women and the youth in the community.

It is estimated that over two million Ghanaians depend on the shea industry directly and indirectly for their livelihoods.

The industry is also able to generate employment and income for about a million rural women in Northern Ghana involved in picking nuts and marketing processed shea kernels and shea butter.

However, the Shea sector which holds enormous economic viable business models is on the brink of collapsing in the Savannah ecological zone, due to the destruction of shea trees.

Mr. Lansah who is seeking re-election, stated that the destruction of these shea trees threatens the livelihood of many in the community.

He therefore appealed to the Districts Assemblies and traditional authorities to ensure the enforcement of bye laws, taboos and conventions for the protection of shea trees.


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