Rampaging elephants from kakum forest raided over three acres farmlands
August 14, 2022
Rampaging elephants from the Kakum National Park Forest extension have
raided more than three-acre farmlands estimated at GH¢60,000 in some
farming communities in the Assin South District of the Central Region.
The crops affected were maize, yam, cocoyam, cassava, plantain, and cocoa
which are the mainstay of the affected farmers, leaving them in despondency
in the Assin-Abodweseso, Ongwa, Aboabo-Camp and Homaho communities.
Mr Emmanuel Kwabena Brewu, the District Director of National Disaster
Management Organization (NDMO), confirmed the invasion to the Ghana News
Agency, and gave the assurance of NADMO’s support.
He said in 2018, the marauding elephants visited and destroyed farms in
Homaho, Kwafokrom, Domeabra, Kojo-Akuapem, Harunakrom, Seriboukrom,
Aboabo-Camp and other 12 communities all in the district.
Mr Brewu explained that the elephants often migrated from their habitat in
the forest in search fresh food and fed on anything edible particularly in
the rainy season.
“The elephants’ invasion in the district has been a yearly occurrence. They
often migrate from their habitats in the forest reserve in the area to
destroy them just as the farmers are about to harvest them,” he explained.
He encouraged the farmers to adhere religiously to measures instituted by
the Ghana Wildlife Service and other concerned authorities to protect
elephants and to ward off the perineal attacks by the elephants.
Mr Brewu appealed to benevolent organizations as a matter of urgency to
support farmers with food and other livelihood items.
Mr Daniel Mensah, an affected farmer rallied immediate support from the
NADMO, and called on the authorities concerned to address the issue
urgently since it had affected their livelihoods.
According to him, the situation posed a serious threat to food security,
human live and a disincentive to farming, especially in the forestry
He said all efforts to get the Game and Wildlife Service who were the
Managers of the forest reserve to put in place measures to stop the animals
from coming to the area have proved futile.
Other affected farmers called on the Government as well as the Game and
Wildlife Service to act with immediate effect or they would have to gun
down the animals to save their farms and the emerging threats to food
security in the area.
“We won’t sit down for the elephants to destroy our crops which are nearing
a level where we can harvest. It is sad for our crops to be destroyed just
like that when that is what we rely on to take care of our family, pay
school fees and pay other bills,” they said.
Madam comfort Dadzie whose maize farm was destroyed said the incident was
one of too many to be ignored, because growing crops like maize, plantain
and cassava alongside the cocoa was not an easy task, but all were
destroyed by the elephants.
“We sometimes have to risk our lives by confronting the elephants with
sticks. We beat drums, blow whistles, and very loudly knock noise-making
objects to scare the animals but to no avail”.