In conclusion until the Government of Ghana take urgent steps to enforce the laws and adopt measures to curb galamsey in the country so as to protect and sustain our natural resources Ghana could end up trading its green gold which is Agriculture with gold a non- renewal resource. The end result would be a worse economy than Ghana has now.
He said although Ghana has overtaken countries such as South Africa in the production of gold the situation may not yield any positive result for the West African country since mining companies from the Southern part of Africa are the core of the mining business in Ghana with the proceeds being sent back to their home country.
Gold from small-scale mines may represent 20-30% of the world’s output 2 . West Africa particularly Ghana is one of the world’s most important gold mining regions. From antiquity through the colonial period and up to today gold mining has been an integral part of Ghanaian history Appendix 1a. . Gold has been mined in Ghana for over 1000
Ghana: Mining Of Gold In Ghana Overview. Ghana has overtaken South Africa to become the largest gold producer and exporter in Africa. Gold is a major export commodity for Ghana and contributes significantly to Ghana& 39;s revenue. This precious metal contributes nearly 48% of the country& 39;s revenue. The exploration of gold reserves in Ghana is
China’s gold seekers. Traditionally small-scale gold mining in Ghana has been carried out by locals on their own land using hand-operated tools. These methods have slowly modernised and expanded but the recent influx of foreign – predominantly Chinese – miners has accelerated this development.
Ghana Chamber of Mines who also noted that 60 per cent of the country’s mining labour force is in fact employed at small-scale mines. Regional employment assessments have also been made most notably that of Agyapong 12 who estimates that over 6000 illegal and 117 registered artisanal gold mines are found in Tarkwa alone.