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BOPP, TOPP Launch Tree-Planting Campaign

By Our Reporter - newtimesonline.com

Mr Charles Cofie, Chief Executive of Unilever Ghana Limited, watering a tree he had planted during a joint tree-planting exercise launched by two oil palm companies, Benso Oil Palm Plantation (BOPP) and Twifo Oil Palm Plantation (TOPP).

The two companies are subsidiaries of Unilever.

Under the programme, aimed at promoting health and environmental purity, a total of 400 trees are expected to be planted by the 353 workers of the two companies and some school children at Benso and Twifo Ntafrewaso.

The workers of the companies would plant a tree each and nurture them for a reward.

Neneyo Mate-Kole, Managing Director of BOPP/TOPP, said the trees would be planted close to the workplaces and residential areas to enable the workers to give the necessary care and protection.

Neneyo Mate-Kole said planting of trees other than palm, was not new to BOPP/TOPP, adding that last year alone, some 2,054 tree species like teak, neem rubber, citrus and militia were planted using hired labour.

This year, however, “we want to be self-reliant by getting everyone on our pay roll involved in the exercise”, he explained.

Neneyo Mate-Kole said management was developing a manual on its tree-planting project to entrench the practice in the company.

The manual, expected to be out-doored next year, would ensure that the right type of trees were planted at the right place and in the right period.

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