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Galamsey and Cocoa Smuggling Affecting Production – Anti-illegal Mining Unit

Illegal mining known as galamsey and smuggling of Cocoa beans into Ghana’s neighboring countries are the major hindrance to cocoa production in Ghana.

The Anti-illegal Mining Unit at Ghana COCOBOD noted that this may lead to cancellation of Cocoa roads in Ghana if nothing is done about it immediately

According t Head of the Anti-illegal Mining Unit at Ghana COCOBOD, Prof. Michael the wateng, “Illegal mining is having negative implications on cocoa production. This year we projected to purchase 850,000 tonnes, but as we speak now, we have not hit even 700,000 tonnes, which means galamsey and smuggling are affecting cocoa production.”

“I have recommended that cocoa road projects should be cancelled because illegal miners have destroyed the cocoa farms. So very soon COCOBOD will stop cocoa road projects,” Prof. Kwateng added.

Prof. Kwateng stated this during an engagement between the Anti-Illegal Mining Unit of COCOBOD, chiefs, and cocoa farmers in Akyem Asafo, Eastern region.

Source: Kapital Online Team//2023

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