Foni-based community association; Bullock Kapongha Youth Development
Association (BKYDA) has disclosed that preparations are ongoing for their
planned fourth edition of annual tree planting exercise on 31st August, 2019.
The tree planting exercise, which will be held at the Foni Bullock Community Forest in West Coast Region (WCR), is geared towards combating climate change to improve community livelihood and wildlife conservation.
Vice president of the Association Isatou Badjie said the annual exercise will bring together members of the Association and the community to plant over 4000 trees. “Fruit trees will also be planted to enable local people to benefit from Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP),” she said.
She said if the initiative goes successful, it has the potential to positively impact on the living condition of the entire inhabitants of Bullock by directly and indirectly deriving economic benefits from the forest products.
She added that the tree planting exercise will see the creation of a bee keeping center that will help in pollination of crops as research has proven that bee pollinated trees can produce more fruits than the non-pollinated ones.
According to Badjie, the bee keeping centre can create decent jobs for women and youth through engaging in the production, processing and marketing of honey products.
She thanked the partners of the previous tree planting exercise such as the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema), the Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter, Department of Forestry as well as Green Up Gambia for sponsoring the exercise and implore on them to make this year a memorable event.
The association is currently benefitting from the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema) Youth Garden Scheme.