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Galamsey has affected 2% of cocoa land – Agric Minister Akoto Osei



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The Minister of Agriculture Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has revealed that only 2% of cocoa lands have been affected by the activities of illegal mining, also called galamsey.

 

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In an interview with Accra-based JoyNews, Dr. Akoto expressed grave concern about the water pollution that comes with the use of chemicals like cyanide and mercury, which could end up in the food that is produced in these mining areas.

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He said “For me, in terms of acreages, it is not much and I have the evidence. COCOBOD did a survey and they are saying that 2% of land under cocoa has been destroyed by galamsey. 2% is nothing.

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“And cocoa is concentrated in the gold belt, so if you extend it to the north in terms of total, it is not much.”



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