Pakyi No. 1

Kingmakers of the Ekuona Royal family and some farmers at Pakyi No.1 are unhappy over a surge in illegal mining activities known as ‘galamsey’ in the area.

The residents said their sources of water supply have been destroyed by the heavy pollution from mining.

Cocoa farms and other lands for food crops have been excavated for gold mining at Pakyi No.1 in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti region.

Vast farmlands are left with huge gullies posing danger to other farmers in the enclave.

To get water for domestic chores, residents trek for almost 2km daily.

Most of the residents now depend on rain water for domestic chores and farming activities.

A farmer, Alima Osman, said her only source of water for irrigation was the Akai Stream which has been destroyed through illegal mining.

Most of the farmers here are not natives and therefore own no lands.

They have no say when the farmlands are taken from them for other purposes.

The Ghana Cocoa Board projects its annual cocoa output to rise to 1.6million tonnes by 2026. But this is threatened by the activities of illegal miners.

Mining equipment are visible at most sites visited at Pakyi No.1.

At a site close to Manso-Nyare, a Chinese is in the company of other Ghanaians working.

The land belongs to natives of Pakyi No.1.

The leader of the team, Kennedy Twumasi, claims their boss is in Kumasi.

Some young miners we met at another site were working with shovels and pickaxes.

Without excavators, they are able to mine to make a living.

Yahya Abdulai says he is a senior high school graduate.

Mined lands are left uncovered.