The biggest problem facing demining enterprises is this: productivity of individual deminers is so low that total labor costs per unit of land cleared remain exorbitant—despite minuscule wages in mine-affected countries. Clearing agricultural land in developing countries typically costs many times the land’s expected mine-free annual revenues. Most remediation is uneconomic for public and private parties alike, and funding is never enough.
Wolf, Daniel and Barmazel, Steven
"Efficient Level 2 Surveys Using Mechanical Detonators: Returning More Land, Creating More Wealth, Saving More Lives,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 5
, Article 28.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol5/iss3/28