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AngloGold Ashanti demonstrates support for farmers
From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com          Published On: November 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT
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AngloGold Ashanti demonstrates support for farmers

AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) is committed to making communities where it operates better off for its being there.

Agricultural development is a key part of the company’s broader sustainability programme and working hand in hand with the mining communities around the Obuasi and Iduapriem mines, to support socio-economic development.

The theme of this year’s farmers day celebrations, “Grow more food: strengthening farmer based organisations for market place bargaining power,” is in alignment with AGA’s sustainability strategy. Across Ghana, AGA has contributed over USD 30, 000 to agricultural projects in the Obuasi and Iduapriem areas, so far this year.

“At Iduapriem we have been involved with multiple projects, including: creating 16 collectives involving 364 farmers, training 27 community-based agricultural agents, and supporting over 200 farmers to cultivate more than 212 acres of maize and 158 acres of palm oil. Today, we are honouring the best female farmers for the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly and Prestea Huni-Valley District Assembly, with AGA donated awards,” outlined Sicelo Ntuli, Managing Director, Iduapriem Mine, AGA.

“At Obuasi, in addition to significant investments in local agricultural projects, AGA is delighted to sponsor the farmers day event by donating prizes, which include: 80 pairs of wellington boots, a corn mill, 120 cutlasses, 8 spraying machines, and 8 bicycles,” announced Kwesi Enyan, Managing Director, Obuasi Mine, AGA.

The company’s support for agricultural projects and AGA’s participation at these events demonstrates the company strategy of investing for the benefit of all the people in the communities around AGA mines, especially farmers.

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