The Regional Forestry Office in the Central River Region south recently embarked on a mass tree planting exercise at Pacharr Lower Basic School and eight other communities within CRR south. The communities included; Sare Soffie, Korup, Cha Kunda, Sukuta, Janjangbureh Health Facility, Sare Manson, Sankulay Kunda Community Forest, and Bankuba Forest Park.
Deputising on behalf of the regional governor at various sites, the Deputy Governor of CRR, Alhaji Malang Saibo Camara underscored the importance of trees to our daily lives, noting that without trees there is no life.
The Deputy CRR Governor called on the people of the area to protect the planted trees against destruction. He stressed that burning and commercial fuel wood collection still continues in the area, despite protective measures instituted by the Department of Forestry.
The Regional Forestry Officer (RFO) for CRR south, Alhagie Sanyang said as part of the exercise they are targeting about 35,000’trees across the area.
He used the forum to emphasise the importance of planting trees and protecting the country’s forest cover.
With declining forests and vegetables due to bushfires, Sanyang maintained that deforestation, overgrasing and soil erosion poses serious threats to the country’s natural resources management as valuable and fragile top soil is being washed away living degraded soil for farming.
He recalled that in the 1960s, The Gambia was endowed with dense forest vegetation as most of the forest cover was thick just like the Guinea Savanna type.
The head teacher of Pacharr Lower Basic School, Abdou Jobarteh and the Alkalo of Pacharr, Musa Bayo both commended the Forestry Department for providing them with the trees. They assured that the planted trees will be protected against bushfires and other environmental threats.
by Lamin SM Jawo in CRR