The Bono Regional Chapter of Activista Ghana, a youth activism group, is advocating against the use of synthetic agrochemicals by farmers across Ghana.

According to the group, excessive use of artificial fertilizer and other insecticides, has been contributing to the massive climate change and its negative effects on the environment.  

During a tree planting sensitization exercise at Njau in the Tain District, the Bono Regional Coordinator of Activista, Shadrack Agyei, said it has become very critical for farmers to embrace organic farming because climate change and its adverse impacts are visibly affecting almost every community in the country.

“Activista is educating the Njau community members about the importance of tree planting and the need for organic farming, because we have realised that the climatic condition of this area is very bad due to lack of trees.

Bono regional chapter of Activista Ghana campaigns against synthetic agrochemicals

We have also been to the schools here to inculcate the habit of tree planting into the school children,” Mr Agyei stated.

He said activities of Activista in the region, are being sponsored by ActionAid Ghana and SODIA to propagate the message of organic farming and tree planting, which will eventually save the environment from further destruction.

Bono regional chapter of Activista Ghana campaigns against synthetic agrochemicals

The Assembly Member for Njau-Tanoso Electoral Area, Kwame Dankwah, highlighted the effects of agrochemicals on the land, water, plants, animals and humans.

Bono regional chapter of Activista Ghana campaigns against synthetic agrochemicals

He further advised farmers to find alternative ways such as the application of organic fertilizers and chemicals for their farming to reduce the negative effects on nature.

Bono regional chapter of Activista Ghana campaigns against synthetic agrochemicals

He appealed to Activista Bono region, to get their sponsors to support the training of farmers in his electoral area on practical indigenous ways of preparing organic fertilizer and pesticides from local plants to avoid the use of agrochemicals.

Bono regional chapter of Activista Ghana campaigns against synthetic agrochemicals

Over 500 trees were planted in the Njau community to supplement the government’s tree-planting efforts.