Galamsey Affecting Quality Of Farm Produce

Abdul-Mumin Issah (right) presenting the items to Stephen Osagyefo Novel, the overall municipal best farmer


THE SEKONDI-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Abdul-Mumin Issah, has indicated the destruction of farm lands by illegal miners or ‘galamseyers’ are impacting on the quality and yields of farmers.

He said another issue that is also negatively impacting on the production of farm produce is the excessive use of agrochemicals.

He noted that climate smart agriculture has emerged as the surest way to promote food security adding that efforts have been made through the Planting for Food and Jobs l and ll, to endure farmers had access to the requisite resources to help them prosper.

Abdul-Mumin Issah was speaking at the Metropolitan Farmers Day celebration at Kasaworodo ahead of the national event which will take place Friday in the Western Region.

A 34-year old farmer at Ahanta Aboadze, Stephen Osagyefo Novel, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, was adjudged the overall best municipal farmer.

The MCE said the implementation of the government’s flagship programme has also provided job opportunities for the unemployed youth.

He continued that the second phase of the Planting for Food and Jobs would focus on a shift from small-scale farming to relatively large-scale farming.

The MCE also said the Assembly, under the EU-funded Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP), has set up an Urban Demonstration Farm, which has so far trained 350 women and youth in agricultural technologies.

He commended fisher folks in the metropolis for their compliance during the closed fishing season this year.

“We know this is for our own good but we will continue to appeal to the few who still steal their way through during the close season to comply with the directive,” he emphasised.

Stephen Osagyefo Novel, who received a tricycle and other farming inputs, was grateful to the government for its immense support to help increase farmers’ yield.

FROM Emmanuel Opoku, Kansaworodo