Small Scale Salt Miners at Agavedzi in The Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region are appealing to the Government to support them to expand their business to meet the local demands.
Miners, who have been using local means to mine salts in the area for several decades want the Government and The Assembly to assist them with new skills or technologies to improve upon their work so as to get more salts with less stress.
The Agavedzi Salt Miners Association led by The Assemblyman for the area,
Eben Assah (a Miner) also asked for basic tools like black rubber tarpaulins, standing brushes, gloves and other corrosion-resistant materials needed to mine without compromising on quality and its natural taste.
The Miners revealed this when Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Member of Parliament paid a working visit to them during her ongoing ‘Thank You Tour’ in The Constituency.
They also pleaded with The MP to use her office to reach out to The Central Government, Minister of Trade and Industry to support them with “the needed materials and logistics to enhance their work”.
Her visitation to the mining site was in respond to a request made by Salt Miners from the Agavedzi Community for her to witness and familiarize herself with the production process.
Madam Dzifa was grateful to them and added that, “this if done well within the regulations can create sustainable jobs for the teaming unemployed youth in the community”.
The people of Agavedzi and its adjoining Communities like Blekusu, Adina Denu and Aflao between The Atlantic Ocean and The Keta Lagoon Complex are known for Small Scale Salt Mining aside fishing as their source of revenue.
They usually produced rock salt predominantly use for consumption, preservation of fish and to also export to neighbouring countries like Togo, Benin and Nigeria,
Story by Edzorna Francis Mensah