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Newmont’s Ahafo North Project successfully concludes crop rate negotiations for 2023/2024

Newmont’s Ahafo North Project has successfully concluded a crop compensation rates negotiations for the 2023/2024 period, as a result of transparent and inclusive agreement facilitated by the Crop Rate Negotiation Committee.

The Committee, a multi-stakeholder entity, plays an essential role in ensuring that the voices of the local farmers are heard and considered in the decision-making process.

The process, according to a statement from Newmont copied to the Ghana News Agency, was guided by the legal framework set forth in the Minerals and Mining Act 2006(Act 703) and the Minerals and Mining (Compensation and Resettlement) Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2175).

These dictate the principles and the manner in which compensations should be determined and distributed.

According to the statement, the negotiations were a testament to the importance of fostering strong, positive relationships between the mining company and the host communities, acknowledging the indispensable role that each played in the country’s socio
economic fabric.

Crop compensation is a critical mechanism designed to ensure that farmers receive fair remuneration for losses of their crops and lands due to alternative uses, the statement explained.

In Ghana, it said the practice was not only a legal requirement but also a key aspect of maintaining the delicate balance between the economic benefits of mining and the sustainability of local agricultural livelihoods.

The significance of such a framework lied in its ability to provide a structured and equitable platform for farmers to be compensated, thereby mitigating the livelihood impacts that such alternative land uses could have on communities.

‘The recent agreement reached by Newmont’s Ahafo North Project, marks a landmark in the ongoing efforts to harmonize the interests of the agricultural and mining sectors,’ it noted.

Newmont’s proactive and collaborative approach to engaging with the host communities had been an important component of its operational excellence, it stated.

By striving to rea
ch just and fair compensation outcomes, the statement said the Company had shown its dedication to community welfare and its commitment to sustainable mining practices.

The Company’s recognition of the contributions made by the Crop Rate Negotiation Committee through awards and the provision of farming tools further illustrated its commitment to supporting the agricultural sector.

The Committee itself is a model of inclusive and transparent governance, comprising elected representatives from the Ahafo communities, community valuers, and government officials.

Its composition ensures that the negotiation process is not only fair but also reflective of the diverse interests and concerns that exist within the local context.

The Committee’s ability to manage the complex negotiations effectively showcased a system that valued varied expertise leading to resolutions that were beneficial to all parties involved, the stated said.

The successful resolution of the crop compensation rates negotiation set a benchmark
for future engagements, exemplifying the potential for the mining industry to operate in harmony with host community livelihoods.

‘The positive outcome of this negotiation not only serves the immediate interests of Newmont’s host communities but also stands as an exemplar for other mining operations in the region, promoting a model where economic development is pursued with a conscientious regard for social and environmental responsibility,’ it added.

Source: Ghana News Agency