More than 21 farming communities bordering the Kakum Forest Reserve in the Assin South District have had farms destroyed by elephants. The rampaging elephants destroyed crops and foodstuffs including cocoa, cocoyam, yam, cassava, plantain and watermelon. They also uprooted plantains, pawpaw, maize and cocoa tree in their attempt to pick the fruits.
An official of the Game and Wildlife Service confirmed the raid on the farms and urged the farmers to adhere to farm protection methods. According to him, the farmers have been trained on "pepper fencing" method, which involved the use of pepper, grease, rope and dirty oil to fence their farms.
Mr Emmanuel Kwesi Andoh, one of the farmers whose farm was raided, described the “pepper fencing” method as good, but very expensive.
Mr Kwabena Blewu, District Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) said he had visited the affected communities to access the extent of destruction.
To peacefmonline.com, he described the destruction as extensive and assured the affected farmers of the Organization's support.