A 52year old Miner at GCS, Mr. Ali Amadu ?has been adjudged the best?farmer for 2013 at ?the Obuasi Municipal ?Farmers’ Day at Adaase, a?farming community.
As his prize, he was awarded ?a motorized tricycle with a bucket, dozens?of cutlasses, wellington boots, a knapsack sprayer and ?pesticides?donated by AngloGold Ashanti – Obuasi Mine, for cultivating ?more 25?acres of cocoa, maize, ?cassava, plantains, rice and yams and raising?3,000 birds, 50 pigeons, cattle, turkey, ?3 football – size fish ponds,?200 goats and sheep at Asonkore, near Obuasi.
Mr. ?Amadu, who has been working with Obuasi mine for 32years said he?started farming before his employment as a miner and ?continued ?it, to?supplement his income. “I use my off days for the job and when I go to?work, ?my two wives and 10 children help me,” he said.
He advised his fellow workers and youth in Obuasi to contact the local?chiefs for land and go into farming rather than engaging in galamsey,?which can land them into trouble.
“Workers who do galamsey ?must change to farming because it can also?help them financially, even after their retirement,” he added.
The chairman for the occasion, Mr. Ohene Adu Aboagye, Senior Manager?Sustainability, who represented AngloGold Ashanti ?enumerated the?contributions that the company has made to ?the sustainability of?agriculture and education in the ?communities for the benefit of?farmers and their children. Mr Aboagye said in the areas of growing of?maize, poultry and livestock, the company has trained hundreds of youth?who have taken farming as a career.
On the symbiotic relationship between AngloGold Ashanti ?workers and the?farmers, he observed that “as miners, we are dependent on farmers for?our food requirements and as famers; you need us to provide the markets?for your produce,” he continued.
From 2008 to date Obuasi mine has donated cash and farm inputs valued?GHC180, 000 towards Farmers’ Day celebrations in the Obuasi Municipality?and the surrounding 4 district assemblies, for whom it is the Platinum?donor.
In his key note address, the Municipal Chief Executive of Obuasi, Hon.?Richard Ofori Agyemang Boadi, said the war against pollution of water ?bodies and degradation of arable lands by illegal mining must be won?through collaboration among all progressive stakeholders in the?municipality.