The once lush greenery observed when travelling from Asamankese to Akyem Oda or Agona Swedru has gradually disappeared and many factors contributed to the decline. Foremost among them has been the sale of fire wood from these areas. One will observe an average of 5 to 9 (five to nine) trucks per week with fire wood from these forest areas.
The trees are cut down (mostly young trees), and are left to dry for splitting and parking into trucks. Most of these firewood sellers have chain-saw machines that enable them to cut large quantity of tree for fire wood to be sold at a time. Others cute them and parked them by the road side to be purchased and conveyed.
Gone are the days when many big trees were around for these chain-saw operators and wood collectors, but are no more and they have to settle on these fast depleting forest trees to survive. An equivalent of one acre of forest trees are cut down, dried and splitted up to fill a single truck. These woods are being sold to restaurants and chop bars in the cities at an alarming rate throughout the Country.
Any time you see these truckload of fire wood on Asamankese Nsawam or Suhum Koforidua roads, know that an acre or mostly young trees are gone. What we are all failing to see is that the big trees are gone but chain-saw operators are still in business.
We call on Authorities concern to help preserve these few trees remaining.
The writer is a District Manager,
National Health Insurance Authority
BY: HANSON BRAKO