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Mining activities destroying farmlands in Noyem Birim North District

Chairman for the Concerned Farmers Association of Noyem Birim North District in the Eastern Region has bemoaned the activities of various mining companies in the Birim North District which continue to destroy their farmlands.

The activities of the miners continue to destroy large acres of farms in areas affected by the phenomenon.

The level of devastation has resulted in some residents abandoning their farming activities and relocating their families to other communities to prevent them from falling into the open gullies dug by the illegal miners.

The farmers complain that appeals to the district, regional and national administrations to save the situation from further deterioration have yielded no results.

According to Mr. Frimpong Anim, the association last year reported the situation to the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Birim North District and also to the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, the Minerals Commission and the Minister for Lands and Environment.

Unfortunately, all these entities have failed to address the problem, stressing that ‘they all turned deaf ear to the problem.’

Speaking in an interview with Captain Adabugar during the Akuafo Sesen segment of the morning show to register his plight, the farmer expressed disappointment in the government for turning a blind eye to the plight of the farmers.

“The association of the Concerned Farmers of the Birim North District is highly disappointed in the government for not doing anything about the several complaints that we have raised,” the agitated farmers chided.

“Meanwhile, government claims it is fighting illegal mining popularly called galamsey to save the country’s farm lands and environment from destruction.”

Source: Prince Paul Amuzu/www.ritefmonline.org/princeamuzu667@gmail.com

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