Farmers in the Assin South District of the Central Region are calling on the government to save their farms from stray elephants. Communities in the district affected include Nsupanim and Kyekyewere.
The stray elephants are said to have left their home in the Kakum National Park and are gradually getting closer to human settlement.
Some farmers were injured in an attempt to drive the elephants away from the giant mammal that had besieged their farms.
Farm produce amounting to thousands of cedis have also been destroyed with cocoa farmers reported to be the majority of losers. Many farms in Ghana, just like several businesses, are not insured. `
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Meanwhile, authorities at the Kakum National Park have discharged a team of officers to the Assin and Denkyira areas to control the invasion of farms by elephants from the forest reserve.
Established as a reserve in 1931, Kakum, which cover 375 square kilometres, became a national park in 1992. The park has a canopy walkway, the longest in the world, and is rich in wildlife and exotic plants.
The park is one of Ghana’s most important and most visited tourist attractions.