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04.03.2013 Social News

Abosso Goldfields holds forum on land reclamation for stakeholders

By GNA
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Damang (W/R), March 4, GNA -The General Manager of Abosso Goldfields Limited (AGL), Damang mine, Mr. Christo Viljoen has assured its catchment communities that they will reclaim all used land while the company's mining operations are ongoing.

He said management of AGL will not wait till the end of the mine life before they commence this initiative.

Mr. Viljoen explained that 32 percent, representing 413 hectares of the total disturbed areas, have already been reclaimed by the mine.

The General Manager said this at Damang, when the company organized an opening forum on reclamation for some selected stakeholders in the Prestea Huni/Valley.

According to him, although reclamation plans for the Damang mine are designed to facilitate the re-establishment of the best possible land use and benefit of local communities, the company decided to further engage all its stakeholders, including local communities and government through this forum for them to suggest ideas and identify specific sustainable land uses for disturbed land.

'The programme is to expose stakeholders to the fact that it is possible to reclaim disturbed areas and also to discard the perception that disturbed areas cannot be used for farming activities and other land use.' He added.   

He said apart from this measures, AGL has also signed Reclamation Security Agreement and bond with the government of Ghana to ensure that the company reclaims all used land at the end of the mine life.

He said failure to comply with this agreement will result in the government using this bond to reclaim all such areas for the benefit of the affected communities.

Mr. Viljoen said the forum will give stakeholders the opportunity to assess the company on its performance regarding reclamation and appealed to them to suggest ways that the company can improve upon. 

Some participants, who contributed during discussion on land use plans for reclaimed and rehabilitation sites, suggested that the company should consider growing rubber in addition to other crops they are testing on their demonstration farms.

The participants together with the management of AGL visited a vegetable demonstration farm at Victoria dump, which has been reclaimed.

 
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