The Mankranso command of the Forestry Commission has destroyed what they say is illegal farms in the Desiri forest reserves located in the Asutifi and Ahafo Ano North districts in Ashanti region.
The move was triggered after the management discovered large farms in the reserve without approval of the forestry commission, district manager Godwin Agyeman disclosed.
Range manager, Palmer Aikins Amponsah in an interview with Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako said the exercise saw destruction of eight hectors of cultivated farm food crops.
The exercise which was executed with the support of the military and the commission’s guards will continue next week Wednesday 19 September 2018, to free the forest reserve from encroachers.
A visit to the forest reserve by the media witnessed activities of the encroachers destructing cedralla and teak trees to be harvested by government in its maturity stage. Checks revealed over one thousand trees have been felled, burnt and destroyed with chemicals by the illegal farmers.