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Teak plantations farmers cry over effects of mining

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Mrs Lillian Bruce, National Coordinator of Civil Society Coalition on Land (CICOL), has said mining and large scale teak plantations were affecting the environment.Agro Farming

In addition, she said, the plantations affected food production with competition for food nutrients in the soil.

Mrs Bruce said this when addressing chiefs, queen mothers, Customary Lands Secretariat Coordinators, land sector agencies, farmers and civil society groups in Sunyani.

The meeting attended by 40 participants was to assess the impact of the five-year World Bank and other donors sponsored Land Administration Project (LAP) on land reform.

It also assessed the knowledge of participants on land administration in the Region.

Mrs Bruce said if the trend continued posterity would not forgive the present generation and advised owners of teak plantations to review their operations in areas which are gradually turning into desert and not suitable for food production.

She urged traditional rulers to contact the Lands Commission when approached by investors for the release of land for their operations.

Mr Anthony J.A. Gyamera, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Town and Country Planning, called on traditional rulers to collaborate with the Lands Commission in the demarcation of land in order not to release lands haphazardly.

He said release of large tracts of land to individuals or institutions to establish schools, agricultural and industrial activities should be discouraged since such acts affected land systems in the country.

Mr Gyamera said individuals and institutions after acquiring such large tract of land could not develop them and end up re-zoning them for sale to other people.

He said some traditional rulers had sold all their lands including sanitary sites for residential purposes for paltry sums.

Mr Gyamera appealed to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDCs) to undertake the requisition of lands to ensure large tract of lands in the possession of individuals and institutions are re-demarcated and fairly distributed for useful purposes.




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