Mr Raymond Obeng Boamah, the Sefwi Wiawso District Manager of the Forest Service Division (FSD), has warned farmers to stay away from invading various forest reserves in the area.
The Forest Reserve across the nation is losing its virginity to illegal farming and felling of trees.
Mr Boamah, speaking to Sefwinews.com, said their intelligence led to the arrest of 12 farmers this year (2021), who illegally entered the restricted area and cultivated the produce without permission, hence, the destruction.
According to him, the farmers were engaged in food crop and marijuana farms.
He said the commission had destroyed acres of marijuana farms, and those involved have been remanded in police custody.
Mr Boamah advised the farmers not to waste their resources in cultivating portions that have not been allocated to them.
The District Manager warned that any farmer who would invade the forest reserve would be arrested and faces prosecution.
However, Mr Raymond Obeng Boamah has warned youth who secretly enter the reserve for their self-serving agenda of either felling timber or destroy some segments of the resource for farming activities to desist from such acts.