The European Union (EU) has threatened to ban cocoa from Ghana due to the negative impact of illegal mining on the Ghana’s environment.
During a presentation at the National Consultative Dialogue on Small Scale Mining in Accra on April 15, 2021, the Deputy Chief Executive in-Charge of Agronomy and Quality Control at COCOBOD, Dr. Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomoh, uttered fears about the negative impact of the development on Ghana’s cocoa sector.
Dr. Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomoh trusts an instant action must be taken to avoid the possible punishments.
“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 some 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.”
He also raised concerns about the noxious effects of the galamsey pursuit on the production of cocoa in Ghana.
“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.”