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Illegal Mining In Ghana Campaign against ''galamsey" affects gold production in Ghana

The debilitating effects of the activities of illegal mining has reached alarming levels in Ghana. Government has waged war against such activities and this has caused a drop in the production of gold in the country.

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play Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu

There has been a drastic fall in the Small Scale Gold Production following several measures put in place to curb the illegal mining activities in the country, that's coming from the ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

According to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, it is an indication that the campaign against illegal mining across the country is yielding results.

READ ALSO: Government halts issuance of small scale mining license

“Our records at the Precious Mining Company indicate that there is a fall in terms of production. Although we expect to see actual results…not immediately, what it means now is that there is a drop in small scale production.” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

He explains that following the campaign against illegal mining, miners are fleeing from illegal enclaves including river bodies, the destruction of cocoa farms among others.

At the national level, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister has issued a three-week ultimatum to illegal miners to halt their activities as government steps up the fight against illegal mining.

READ ALSO: Minister calls the bluff of galamseyers over vote threat

John Peter Amewu has warned that all illegal miners who fail to stop their activities would face harsh penalties for breaking the laws.

But several small scale miners, especially operators of galamsey activities are unwilling to give up on these activities as they complain this threatens livelihoods given that hundreds of Ghanaians make a living out of small scale mining.

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