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Official Warns Against Miners Taking Cocoa, Coffee Farms
By Korboi Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent
VOINJAMA, April 14 (LINA) -Farmers in Quardou Gboni District in Lofa County have been urged to stop giving their cocoa and coffee farmlands to illegal miners and those engaged in pit sawing.
Quadou Gboni District Commissioner Anthony Kamara, who gave the advice, noted that such ventures benefit just a few individuals, while whole communities or the county suffers the devastating effects of petit mining and pit sawing.
Speaking Saturday during the close of a two-day farmers’ education workshop in Mavekonnadou in Quadou Gboni District, Lofa County, Commissioner Kamara stressed that apart from destroying their cocoa, coffee and other produce, activities of illegal mining and pit-sawing also destroys the land, which would be difficult to reclaim.
He said cocoa and coffee has since the establishment of Quadou Gboni been the financial backbone of the district, with many communities, towns and villages benefiting from its revenue in terms of social infrastructure.
The two-day workshop, which was organized by a local non-governmental organization, Local Farmers Cooperative Development Project (LFCDP), was aimed at teaching farmers how to take better care of their farms.
It brought together more than 57 farmers from across Quadou Gboni District.