Mining, Real Estate Invading Irrigation Schemes

Public irrigation schemes in some parts of the country are under threat from the activities of illegal mining (galamsey) and real estate developers, Kwasi Asare-Mintah, Director of Planning and Coordination at the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA), has disclosed. In an interview with the B&FT, Mr. Asare-Mintah said irrigation lands in Ashaiaman, Weija, Dawhenya, Akurobi, Adiembra and Asantekwaa, have all been encroached by real estate developers. He added that illegal mining activities are also destroying and polluting the water bodies set aside for irrigation purposes in the Anum valley Scheme at Nobewam and Adiembra Scheme, both in the Ashanti Region, and the Akurobi Scheme in the Brong Ahafo Region.

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/Galamsey-real-estate-invade-irrigation-lands-466997

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