The Village Development Committee of Sabach Sanjal in the North Bank Region recently planted 3750 seedlings of Gmalina and cashew in the village designed to promote reforestation and sustainable environmental management.
The exercise was graced by the chief of Sabach Sanjal, Ngain Sait Gaye; Ward Councilor, Pa Abdou Bouye; Chairperson of the Village Development Committee, Alhagie Jay Secka, and a cross-section of the society.
At the exercise, the elders of the community thanked the Regional Forestry Office in Kerewan for providing 2,500 seedlings of Gmalina as well as the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project in the Sahel (CILSS) for providing 1, 250 seedlings of Gmalina and cashew.
The Chief of Sabach Sanjal district, Alh. Saite Gaye, lauded the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project in the Sahel (CILSS) for their foresight in supporting communities in the region and for establishing orchard and woodlots to promote reforestation and sustainable environmental management.
Chief Gaye affirmed that the Government attaches great importance to environmental protection and regeneration of the country’s lost forest cover.
He thus called on the VDC to be vigilant in protecting the planted trees.
Alh. Jay Secka, Chairperson of the Village Development Committee and Pa Abdou Bouye, Ward councillor of Sabach Sanjal, both assured of the community’s support in the protection of orchard and woodlot.
Councilor Bouye called on the other communities in the area to emulate Ngain Sanjal, noting that planting of trees would contribute to the restoration of the country’s lost forest cover.
The duo thanked the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project in the Sahel (CILSS), Governor’s Office and the Forestry Office for their moral support to the implementation of the project.
Pa Mot Gaye, youth leader, reiterated the need for youth to embrace tree planting so as to complement Government’s effort in the conservation of the country’s forest cover.
Others speakers included Madam Jobe Ceesay, Vice Chairperson of the VDC and Malick Secka, Secretary to VDC and they both praised the stakeholders in the forestry sub-sector for their unflinching support to the restoration of the country’s forest cover.