The Deputy Chief Executive in-Charge of Agronomy and Quality Control at COCOBOD, Dr. Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomoh has disclosed the European Union’s (EU) threat to restrict cocoa from Ghana during the National Consultative Dialogue on Small Scale Mining on Thursday, April 15, 2021,
According to Mr. dwomoh, EU is on verge of making this decision because of their red satellite prompts. The EU thinks their red prompts Ghana’s lands are being degraded due to cocoa; it is rather the activities of illegal mining which is giving the signals.
He further indicated that, illegal mining has caused sever effects on Ghana’s cocoa. These include, crop loss, reduction of crop yield and income, loss of vegetation, the fertility of the crop soil is destroyed and [there’s also] an early dropping of immature pods.
“As we speak, EU is threatening to ban Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, to impose legislative instrument restrictions on the importation of cocoa from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to their courts,”
“When you take the satellite images, you will see those places in red. The EU thinks that all those places are red because cocoa is causing land degradation [in Ghana], meanwhile, it is as a result of the galamsey activities.”
“The impact of these mining activities on cocoa production is enormous. There is crop loss, reduction of crop yield and income, loss of vegetation, the fertility of the crop soil is destroyed and [there’s also] an early dropping of immature pods, as a result of the chemicals that they use,” he added.