The 2013 Miss Earth Ghana contestants have planted some 3,000 trees in the Northern Region, as part of their contribution to the Greening Ghana campaign and in agreement with the vision and mission of the Pageant.
The contestants started their tree planting exercise at the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO), reputed to be the Alma Mata of the president, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and the First lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama.
Among other activities, the girls planted over a hundred trees and formed the Ghana Earth Club. From there they visited the offices of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) where they interacted with the management and staff of the organization and had a firsthand understanding of the need to green the savannah belt of the country, grow economically viable trees and empower the people through agriculture.
The delegates were received by Dr Emmanuel Abeefe-Inga, Director of Integrated Development Programmes on behalf of the Managing Director.
They travelled to Kuduzegu farm in the Savelugu District, about 70 kilometers away from Tamale. At the farm the girls assisted by the farmers from the village planted over 1000 mango seedlings in a seven and half acre land. The experience was exciting for the girls as they enthusiastically took up the challenge to plant the mangoes to attest to the fact that their beauty is for a cause. The farmers were very happy to have the girls in their midst and made the exercise very memorable for the contestants and organizers as well.
The contingent travelled for another 30 kilometers to Kukobila/Nasia Farms belonging to Mallam Seidu. The farm manager took the ladies to the nursery which had 74,000 mango seedlings. He explained to the girls the processes involved in grafting and nurturing the seedlings to enjoy a good yield.
They also visited Tamale Girls secondary School where they spoke and interacted with the very attentive students about their mission and vision to see a greener and environmentally-friendly Northern region. Later in the day the contestants planted over five hundred mango trees in the expansive school compound. They were assisted by some of the students. The Ghana Earth Club was formed in the school to majorly be responsible for the nurturing of the trees planted and to help the Miss Earth Organisation Ghana in its future environmental activities around the region.
Everywhere the contestants visited in Tamale, they ensured that trees were planted for posterity. They were assisted in this exercise by Mr. Ebenezer Djaney Djagbletey, the Tamale regional Forestry Manager and his ebullient team of foresters.
The Tamale visit and tree planting project was sponsored by Kukobila Nasia Farms Limited with major support from the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).
This year’s activities will climax with the grand finale on July 12, at the National Theatre were the next Queen will be crowned.
Miss Earth Ghana 2013 is sponsored by ACI Construction and supported by African Mining Services, DAVIVA and Eco-Spa Mineral Water.