The Public Relations Officer of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Fiifi Boafo, has revealed that the arduous duties of cocoa farmers have been exacerbated by unlawful mining.

According to him, galamsey activities have closely polluted river our bodies that have been as soon as used to irrigate cocoa farms.

He revealed that farmers carry moveable water from their properties to irrigate their farms.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Mr Boafo said though the choice is strenuous, it’s the solely means to be certain that cocoa beans harvested meet worldwide standards.

“The effects of illegal mining are far more than we are talking about. River bodies within the farming bodies are so polluted farmers are unable to use them to irrigate the farm. In instances where farmers use polluted water, every flower, as well as the pod on the tree, dropped.

“So there is the need to carry portable water from their houses to the farm to spray their cocoa,” he said on Thursday.

Conservations surrounding unlawful mining resurfaced two weeks in the past, after the second arrest of galamsey poster girl, Aisha Huang and two of her accomplices.

The Chinese national was first arrested in 2018 and deported in 2019.

However, the galamsey kingpin managed to infiltrate the country again to proceed her unlawful mining activities.

Many have since accused the AkufoAddo government of failing to clamp down on galamsey because it promised.

Government has been preventing unlawful mining for a few years, however the efforts and investments have proved futile.

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