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Green Ghana: Lands Ministry designates seedling centers

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has designated centers for people to collect seedlings for planting on the Green Ghana Day, Friday the 10th of June.

The centers are located on the premises of the ministry, the Forestry Commission (FC) Head Office at Achimota, opposite the main entrance to GIMPA, the National Theatre, and the Trade Fair Centre at La, all in Accra. The seedlings will also be deposited at all 50 Forestry Services Division (FSD) offices across the country, the 200 FSD ranges, regional coordinating councils (RCCs), metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs), Parks and Gardens offices, community centers and designated chiefs' palaces.

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This was disclosed to the Daily Graphic by the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Forestry, Benito Owusu-Bio, ahead of the Green Ghana Day next Friday, during which 20 million tree seedlings are expected to be planted across the country. The deputy minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Nwabiagya North, added that some shopping malls, schools, and church premises would also serve as collection points for the seedlings.

Mr. Owusu-Bio, who chairs the National Planning Committee of the Green Ghana Day, said over 20 million seedlings had already been nursed and prepared for planting."We have fruit trees — mango, coconut, orange, avocado; ornamental trees, such as flamboyant; fuel wood — cassia, acacia and militia, and timber trees, such as mahogany, Wawa, teak, and Cinderella" he said. He encouraged members of the public to go to any of the designated collection points and pick their desired seedlings for planting. Over five million trees were planted across the country on June 11, last year, at the beginning of the program to help restore the country's degraded landscape and mitigate the impact of climate change.

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