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Ghana - 12 December, 2022
“I have understood the immeasurable benefits of planting trees on my farm. I always thought I could only get seedlings if I buy them, but today, I have learnt to look out for naturally occurring trees on my farm and nurture them,” said Maxwell Ntow, a cocoa farmer in Oparekrom in the Western North Region.
Maxwell said this while sharing the knowledge he acquired during a practical learning visit to farms in the area under the Working Landscapes programme. “From today’s training, I can tell that the low surviving rate of our cocoa trees is as a result of the trees we have either removed from our farms. I am happy I participated in this training. Now, I know how to even get trees onto my farm without waiting for NGOs or the government to supply them before I can plant any,” he added.
Kojo Boateng, the farmer whose farm was used for the practical training explained that “inasmuch as I knew trees were good for my farm, this session has revealed to me that I did not plant them well while considering the right spacing”. The training focused on building the capacity of farmers on tree identification as part of the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) and the importance of agroforestry. The training was replicated in twelve other communities across the landscape.