of Central River Region’s (CRR) Nianija district has warned the people of his
area, including the district’s 33 Alkalolu, Village Development Communities
(VDC) and forest committee members against the effect of bush fire, asking them
to distance themselves from the act.
Dawda York said bush fire has caused serious negative effects on the country’s socio-economic development, especially in the area of agriculture which, he said is the backbone of Gambia’s economy.
He appealed to the people of the district to work closely together in protecting the forest, not only from bush fire but in all forms of destruction.
Chief York also observed that the district and other parts of the country have lost most of their tree species and wild animals in the forest due to bushfire and environmental hazard.
He emphasized that indiscriminate tree cutting and the destruction of the forest cover have contributed to low rainfall. “Low rainfall hinders agricultural development as 75 percent of Gambia’s population depends on agriculture,” he said, and added, “Anyone found wanting in the destruction of the forest will be seriously dealt with in accordance with the Forest Act.”
He said people have been selected within communities to be observing and protecting the forest from any destruction and to report any matter leading to the destruction of the forest.