THE South Central Ghana Conference (SCGC) of Seventh-day Adventist Church has partnered three state institutions to support government’s agriculture programme “Planting for Food and Jobs” and adopt best environmental practices.
The partnership follows a statement made by the President of the SCGC, Pastor Dr. Kwabena Annor Boafo during the 20th anniversary celebration at Jubilee Park in Kumasi on July 1, 2017.
Pastor Annor Boafo has stated that churches could continue to exist and grow in worthy environments, feed members well, getting employment; and hence, pledged readiness of the conference to partner government to excel in those areas.
So far, the three state institutions – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and Forestry Commission of Ghana (FC) – have collaborated to supply the conference 2,100 seedlings to be planted.
The gesture is also inculcate in school children the need to develop interest in agriculture and penchant to conserve the environment.
For that reason, planting of the seedlings has begun in three schools, namely, Ahinsan Adventist Primary and Junior High School (JHS), Kyerepatre Adventist Basic School, and Genyase Adventist Basic School.
There are 23 districts within the precinct of SCGC made up of over 44, 000 church population.
In an interview with GhanaSDA.com, Pastor Annor Boafo said there was the need for every church member to value agriculture, saying the era when the youth frown upon agriculture must live in the past.
He said apart from influencing agriculture to enhance food security, it was also capable providing employment to a number of the youth in society.
He noted that unemployment affected church growth in diverse ways and called for the need of the youth of the church to quickly embrace government’s “Planting for Food and Job” programme.
The SCGC President noted with disgust, the impunity with church a section of society had been felling trees, taking consolation that when the last tree dies, the last man dies.
He said a number of churches were scattered around the country and that should the environment be kept properly, churches also become some of the beneficiaries.
“The first best time to have planted a tree is 20 years ago. But the second best time to plant a tree is today”, he reiterated.
Urge, Commendation & Sustainability
He recalled the “Operation Feed Yourself” era where every single Ghanaian in 40 years ago was entreated to raise a backyard farming for availability of food at all times in the household.
It is at that backdrop did he urge all church members and Christians in general embrace interest in best agriculture and best environmental practices.
For the purpose of sustainability of the support, he hinted that the SCGC had instituted a 11-member committee, known as Agriculture and Environmental Development Committee, which is expected to provide technical advice to make the partnership effective.
He however, commended the EPA, MoFA and FC for bowing to SCGC’s pledge.
Other conferences to emulate
The Acting Director of Projects at the SCGC, Pastor Joseph Pambour Agyemang lauded the partnership for the initiative and prayed for sustainability.
He recalled that in 1994, the then parent Central Ghana Conference (CGC) of SDA succeeded in growing cashew nuts and mangoes on a 11-acre of land at Kwame Danso in the Brong Ahafo Region and expressed the hope that this partnership could go the extra mile.
He therefore called on other conferences of the Church to to emulate the good example of SCGC so as together to promote food security, job creation and good environment to live in.