Zangbeyire residents bemoan increasing elephant invasion
Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen, My Joy Online
January 8, 2022
An increase in elephant invasion in some parts of Zangbeyire in the Upper
East Region has resulted in food insecurity.
Residents are concerned because their farms are being destroyed by
elephants. About 250 farms have so far been affected.
According to farmers in the locality, there will be severe consequences if
the matter is not addressed.
Areas affected include Zangbeyire Natinga, Bulinga, Apoatdabogo and Zorga.
Residents in these areas have always had to flee when the elephants storm
the town. Such incidents take place from October to November annually.
According to JoyNews correspondent, Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen, the residents
have been battling with this ordeal for the past four years.
Mr. Ayeebo Wahabu, a farmer, had his 20 acres of maize and 10 acres of
Guinea corn farm destroyed.
According to him, he had invested thousands of Ghana cedis into the
business but harvested less.
Mr. Sumani had 28 hectares of millet and 16 hectares of Guinea corn farm
Mr. Eric’s one acre of cassava, 12 acres of Guinea corn and Mr. Bukari’s 5
acres of Guinea corn were also destroyed while Mr. Adam lost 3 acres of
Guinea corn and 2 acres of soya beans.
The residents want the Wildlife division of the Forestry Commission to
capture the elephants and create an ecotourism in the locality.