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Ghana: Tomato farmers worried over glut, diseases

Tomato farmers in the region are entertaining fears of the likely repetition of a glut, diseases and poor marketing of their products.


They are severely complaining about problems relating to pricing, productivity and marketing, which they say if nothing is done to bring about changes, would endanger this year`s activities, as has always happened in previous years.

These were brought to light at a meeting organised by the Upper East Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), and attended by the Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Mark Woyongo, and a representative of the Northern Star Tomato Company in Bolgatanga.

Addressing the tomato farmers, the Acting Upper East Regional Director of Agriculture, Alhaji Salifu Abdul Razak Ziblim, emphasised the need for proactive Farmer-Based Organizations (FBOs) which would build up a platform from the community units through to the regional level.

This, he said, would prevent what he called the ad hoc implementation of their ideas.

Mr. Kwabena Darko, Farms Operations Manager of the Northern Star Tomato Company at Pwalugu, divulged that the company had so far not been financed to be able to purchase the produce of the farmers in the region, but was swift to add that the management was still liaising with the MOFA and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to source funding for the programme.

 

Source: allafrica.com

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