It has become very rampant for people to set fire to the bush and dry forest during the dry season for diverse reasons in the Upper West Region.

The practice has been frowned upon by stakeholders particularly those in the agricultural sector who believe the burning destroy vegetation and render the land infertile.

The Ghana National Fire Service of the Nadowli-Kaleo District recorded five cases of bush fires in 2016 as against 2 in 2015. The Acting District Commander, Isaac Eduah who spoke on the sidelines of the district’s annual review meeting at Nadowli advised residents to consult the GNFS for authorisation before starting a fire in the bush.

The Ghana National Fire Service defines bush burning as the accidental consuming of property and valuables by uncontrolled flames which was intended for a particular purpose other than destruction.

Acting Chief Fire commander for Nadowli Kaleo District, Assistant Division Officer Grade one, Isaac Eduah in an interview with Savanna Diaries revealed that “there is a cultural dimension to the burning of bush in the area” ADO Eduah explains further.

ADO Eduah urged residents to seek authorisation from the unit before starting fire even on their own farmlands.


Savanna Diaries/Lydia Darlington, Nadowli

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