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Ghana Mine to Supply Fish to Accra

by 5m Editor
24 November 2009, at 12:00am

GHANA - Gold Fields Ghana Ltd., which owns Ghanas biggest gold mine, Tarkwa, will supply fish to Accra and other cities in Ghana in the next three years.

Mr. Peet Van Schalkwyk, Manager of the Tarkwa mine told The Ghana News Agency that the company had started a fish farm which is expected to produce about 50 thousand fishes within six months from one pond.

Water harnessed from the company's underground mine, now has filled four separate ponds and in the next few years Gold Fields Ghana Limited will be producing about 200 thousand tilapia fishes every six months.

Mr. Schalkwyk made this known when selected media practitioners visited the mines to have first-hand information about the operations of company.

He said fish farming was part of the Company's "Community Investment Programme," which sought to provide self sustainable projects for communities near the mine and also serve as an employment opportunity for people within the surrounding communities.

Gold Fields Ghana Limited has a 200 million dollar social development fund which is used for community investment with the aim of helping people in the community to have quality life.

Dr. Steve Yirenkyi, Community Investment Manager at Gold Fields Ghana Limited, said the company researched into the needs of the community and decided to engage in projects that would offer employment and at the same time serve as sustainable legacy when the mine is no longer useful.

He said apart from the fish farming project, the company also cultivated oil palm , citrus , cocoa ,plantain and raised a piggery on an 80 acres of land formerly used as a tailings dam.

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