The inability of security agencies and state authorities to protect the farmlands of the Golden Exotics limited will take a different turn if the current land encroachment challenge faced by the company continuous.
According to Ghana’s largest Pineapple and Banana producing company, more than 200 hectares of its farm lands at Obom in the Ga South Municipality have been encroached upon by some members of the public, sand winners and estate developers.
Speaking to JOYBUSINESS before taking journalists through the farm site in Accra, Managing Director Olivier Chassag says, the situation has led to a reduction in production and staff layoffs despite measures put in place to avert the situation.
From 2014 till date the company’s staff strength of about 4,000 has reduced to 1,500 due to some challenges with encroachment and business environment.
Mr Chassang says the company will have no option than to halt production if its lands cannot be secured.
After a tour with some journalists, Corporate Affairs and Administration manager, George Kporye outlined the extent of damage endured as a result of the actions of encroachers.
He hinted that despite arrangements by the company to construct landmark pillars on their land has met the counter actions of land-guards and estate developers who have invaded and destroyed more than 1000 hectares of suckers on the farm.
The negative impact of sand winners and estate developers in the area is becoming a major setback for not only Golden Exotics but also other small-scale farmers around.