The General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) is calling for a total ban on all small scale mining activities particularly, illegal mining in the country to safeguard the Agricultural sector .
According to GAWU, the rate at which illegal mining is increasingly degrading arable lands,polluting water bodies and destroying crop farms is iminent disaster to strike the entire sector if harsher measures such as a ban is not placed on illegal mining activities.
The General Secretary of GAWU ,Mr.Edward Kerewa said this in an interview with ENA at the sidelines of the 69th National Executive Council Meeting held at Bunso Cocoa College in the Eastern region on Tuesday.
He explained that ,illegal mining is doing grave harm to the Environment therefore government must bite the bullet to out-rightly ban unregulated small scale mining in the Country since it has become a major threat to food security and danger to the health of the citizenry.
Meanwhile ,GAWU is calling on government to involve stakeholders in the agriculture sector in the implementation of the “one Village One Dam,Plant for Food ,and the One District One Factory Policies to enable successful implementation of the projects .
The Union wants government to create enabling environment and adequate market opportunities for Agri-Business to enable farmers get reliable market for their yields.
The General Secretary of Trade Union Congress -Ghana,Dr.Anthony Yaw Baah announced that workers groups such as the Cocoa Health Extension Division of Cocobod ,and Seed Production Unit which left the mother Union years ago are in the Process of rejoining GAWU.He however ,urged leadership Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana Workers Union (CRIWU) to also re-unite with their mother Union for it to be formidable to fight for their welfare.