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Mangrove-Ghana Worried About Diminishing Farmlands

A research conducted by "Mangrove-Ghana" a Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to Agriculture and food security in Ghana has stressed the need for pragmatic steps to protect farm lands across the country.

The research revealed that the excessive usage of most fertile agricultural lands for construction and sand winning purposes was gradually depriving farmers of their livelihood and also posed a greater threat to food security.

Dr Daniel Adu Ankrah, Executive Director of Mangrove-Ghana told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that if necessary steps were not put in place, agricultural lands would continue to diminish drastically adding, “It is gradually becoming difficult for farmers currently to get lands to farm.”

He said, “Our survey carried out within the month of January to April last year revealed that at least 1,000 to 2,500 acres of fertile agricultural lands had been cleared for real estate or sand winning purposes in Gomoa East and Awutu Senya district alone in the central region.

The Gomoa East in the Central Region according to Dr Ankrah was endowed with immense natural resources in the form of vast arable lands suitable for food crops, fruits and vegetables, wetlands, forest, wildlife and rivers and the sea making fishing important in the coastal communities of Fetteh, Nyanyano and Dampase.

Mokhammad Edliadi/CIFOR

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