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Farmers threaten demonstration on Wednesday

GNA
30 April 2007 | General News

Some farmers at Adamanso in the Amenfi East District whose farmlands a mining company, Golden Star Resources Bogoso/Prestea, has taken over without paying compensation have said they would demonstrate against the company on Wednesday.

They said the company had employed the services of soldiers to prevent them from entering their farms "and this is a recipe for confrontation."

Mr Korankye Yankey, a spokesman for the farmers, said this at a meeting with Mrs Doris Agyepomaa Oduro, the Wassa Amenfi East District Chief Executive held at Adamanso.

He said the farmers had sworn to use "any possible means" to push for their compensation.

Mr Yankey said the company was hiding behind "speculative farming" to avoid payment of compensation and asked "What is speculative farming to a farmer who tills the land throughout the year"?

Mrs Oduro appealed to the farmers to suspend the demonstration and to use dialogue to settle the dispute.
"Though the nation is looking for investors, it is their responsibility to abide by the laws of the land," she said.

Source: GNA

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