By Cecil Mensah
Ghana Garden and Flower Movement, a movement championed by Stratcom Africa, has launched the third edition of the Ghana Flower and Garden show with a call to educate Ghanaians on how to use kitchen waste for gardening.
The movement is to educate Ghanaians, on how to convert their kitchen waste into compost for gardening activities and generate income out of it.
The show which is scheduled for September 10 to 14 2015, will be held in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Garden under the auspices of Ministry of
Environment Science and Technology and Innovations at the Efua Sutherland Park in Accra.
The annual event, which is now a movement, is an initiative of Stratton Africa, and is aimed at using flower and garden to contribute to employment, generate income and beautify the environment.
Speaking at the launch, the Chief Executive Officer of Stratcom Africa, Madam Esther Cobbah, said this year’s theme: ‘The World Is Your Garden’ is critical to environmental conservation for human survival.
She said, flower and gardening plays the role of protecting the environment and it was vital that “we realize that in order for us to live longer and healthier lives, we commit to gardening”
She said, Ghana need to take responsibility for maintaining clean and beautiful environment.
Launching the fair, the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, said planting gardens and flowers around to beautify the surroundings, was a step that must be taken to make the environment healthy and safe.
He said, it was gratifying to see the private sector taking the lead in the Garden and Flower Movement.
There is no doubt gardening and flowers contributes immensely to national development, according to him, other African countries are reaping enormous benefits in hard currency earnings from exporting flowers and plants.
He said, the fair was a unique platform on which all players and experts, provide insights that could be learnt from.
In the aftermath of June 3 disaster, the minister said, there was more urgency to the task of planning healthy, safe environments and insisting on respect for environmental laws and regulations.
“We must avoid the impression that enforcement of such laws and regulations is an affliction of harm on some individuals is in the country.
Perhaps this fair, can be seen as laying wreaths in memory of those who lost their lives so tragically and a time to confirm our national commitment to ensuring safety,” he said.