“…If you take Western North most of the farms that we have established over the years have all been affected by galamsey and illegal mining. Western North aline over five thousand hectares of land under cocoa cultivation have been destroyed by illegal mining”-Dr Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomfour, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in-Charge of Agronomy and Quality Control at COCOBOD, made the horrendous revelation on Day-Two of the National Dialogue on Small Scale mining held between April 14 and 15 2021.
Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai municipality is one of the hubs of cocoa production but it is fast losing its grips in the production of the cash crop. Illegal mining is now a common phenomenon and perniciously growing into a mainstay for some communities, hitherto, thrive on cocoa. Cocoa lands are currently,competing with illegal concessions and for the forest reserves they have lost their virginity.
Chine is a farming community with indigenes predominant cocoa farmers, however, illegal mining known as galamsey has taken over most farms. Over 20 hectares of cocoa farms sacrificed for illegal mining. The few surviving trees have pods of the cash crop ‘dead on hanging’ apparently, they could not stand the dangerous chemicals these miners infuse into the land.
Dangerous chemicals like Mercury is very common among these illegal miners but, dangerous to water bodies and the environment
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