Kenya's illegal sand miners destroy farms to plunder scarce resource



MACHAKOS, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every day dozens of trucks roar into Kalingile village in southwest Kenya and moments later speed off down a dirt road laden with tonnes of sand ready to supply to construction markets, leaving acres of destroyed farmland in their wake.
As Kenya's booming construction industry has seen demand for sand soar to record levels, it has put pressure on agricultural land and other sources of sand nationwide, prompting sand harvesters to invade farms for the rare commodity, studies show.
Years of uncontrolled sand mining in riverbeds at a rate that... read more

 
5 October 2016 in World News, Views: 36
Source: Reuters
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