Assembly Member for Dafiama North electoral area who doubles as a retired educationist, Madam Mary Assunta Dakora has referred to the felling of Shea trees for charcoal as unfortunate and a shortsighted act.
"Government is talking about factories being built in Ghana and Shea nuts could be one raw material in upper West to qualify for a factory if we, upper Westeners handled this raw material with great respect, care and seriousness.
It’s sad that we concentrate on the immediate relief by way of charcoal and subsistent Shea butter we get to destroy the future of our generation who could benefit from it just like cocoa and other commercial products in Ghana.
This challenge must be placed at the door step of our leaders (politicians, chiefs, elders and landlords of our region who do not place great interest and support to the lives of the shea tree.
It’s, however, not too late to start vigorously to embark on region wide education, enactment of bylaws,sanctions and prosecution of people who may violate such regulations. When that is sustainable, we then network to have such factories on a larger scale with ready made market or even soap industries to work alongside producers in the region.".
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