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Galamsey Threatens Ghana’s Cocoa Industry – COCOBOD CEO

Galamsey Threatens Ghana's Cocoa Industry - COCOBOD CEO

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is expressing concern about the impact of illegal mining (known as galamsey) on cocoa farming in certain areas of the country. COCOBOD’s CEO, Joseph Boahen Aidoo, says that galamsey is making farming expensive and adversely affecting water resources, which are needed for irrigation and is damaging the environment.

Aidoo spoke to Joy Business after launching a committee aimed at promoting cocoa consumption in Ghana. The nine-member committee, chaired by Fiifi Boafo, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at COCOBOD, is tasked with ensuring that cocoa products are adequately promoted and consumed domestically in all sectors of the economy.

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Aidoo highlighted the seriousness of the galamsey issue, stating that it not only affects COCOBOD but the entire country, and has a severe impact on farmers and irrigation. Surface water is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, and the rivers used for irrigation are filling up with silt, making it impossible to use them for farming.

Aidoo also noted that illegal mining has made farming very expensive in recent years, particularly for cocoa farmers, due to water shortages caused by galamsey.

Despite these challenges, Ghana’s consumption of cocoa and chocolate products has increased significantly, reaching an average of 0.5 to one kilogram per year, according to COCOBOD. This is considered a major achievement, given the low level of consumption in the past.

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