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11.05.2006 Feature Article

Transportation on Volta Lake

In order to make transportation on the Volta Lake Safe and less fearful, an innovative technology in the removal of stumps from the lake has been developed.

The technology is know as the 'Under Water Harvest'.

It uproots the tree stumps from under the lake and drops them onto a crane, which inturn deposits them at the Banks of the lake for onward transportation of the removal stumps.

The technology was developed in Canada by the Clark Sustainable Resource Development Limited (CSR), a Natural Resource Development Organisation based in Canada.

Speaking to HIGHANA, the Chief Executive Officer of CSR, Mr Wayne Dunn, said the technology was development for Small Diametre Wood mostly in the tropical areas.

The thrust of the project, Mr. Dunn noted is to utilise the vast forest resource for over 40 years now.

He said it is also to harvest the long time Economic Reserves under the lake.

It is against this backdrop that the CSR is collaborating with the Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) to make the project come to fruition.

The FORIG, according to its Director, Dr. Joseph R. Cobbina has identified areas which require extensive research.

The Research areas include the identification of the tree Species, process and the addition of value to the identified species.

Dr. Cobbina explained that, the project will enhance safety on the Volta Lake.

However, he hinted that their major hindrance now is on how to source funding for the Research.
Catherine Afrifa
Catherine Afrifa, © 2006

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