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A group of farmers from Akatakyieso, Amamom and Anyankyirem, all farming communities near Obuasi in the Ashanti Region, are demanding that mining giant Anglogold Ashanti returns to them land acquired for mining purposes but now turned "into pasture for the company's cattle."
In a press statement read for the "Concerned farmers" spokesperson Anthony Freeman Aikins noted that it is "illegal" for the company to have turned the land into a grazing field for cattle, while the "three communities that used to be the food basket of the Obuasi area now have to buy food from the Obuasi township." To buttress his point, Mr. Aikins quoted a Greek proverb that says that "you take away my life if you take away the means by which I live."
The group is thus calling on government and its agencies to "compel AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi mine to restore their lands to their original …