Sand mining worries cashew farmers in Kitty

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Cashew farmers in Kombo Central village of Kitty said they are worried about the future of their farms with the ongoing illegal sand mining which is encroachment into their cashew plantations.

The affected farmers said they are frustrated over the huge destruction of their cashew plantations by sand miners.

Sarjo Mballow explained to our reporter how he was frustrated when part of his cashew farm was destroyed by sand mining activity. He said this has cost him a lot, considering the number of years he spent in nursing the trees. 

 He said he decided to belt his farm by creating a local fence for protection to ensure that he did not lost his entire cashew farm which he said is his only source of income.

Another cashew farmer Bubacarr Manneh said the only mechanism he had to do was to also construct a local fence to avoid sand miners intrusion into his farm. “What do you think will happen to my farm when I am not coming here every day to witness some of these mining activities?”

Supervisor of the said sand mining site Maline Bojang said he has been trying to avoid any kind of illegal sand mining at the site and encroachment into private farms. “This has never been allowed by the company responsible of mining at the site. It is sometimes very difficult to control some of these tractors and truck owners from doing any kind of illegal mining.”

Author: Yusupha Jobe