According to the Association, Ghana wouldn’t have been importing tomatoes if farmers in the three Northern regions were resourced with enough dams to cater for their farms.
The National Chairman of the Association, Eric Osei Tuffour insisted, they would even double their import this year since government is not ready to address their challenges.
Speaking in an interview with News Ghana, Mr. Tuffour said notwithstanding the quantum of money the Association spends on importation, it would continue to shape the economy of Burkina Faso until farmers in the three Northern regions are empowered to produce more and quality vegetables.
Lands in the Northern Ghana and Burkina Faso have the same soil fertility levels, yet Burkina Faso is doing well in vegetable production than in Ghana.
Due to this, vegetable traders in the country spend huge sums of monies importing vegetables to feed the country, a situation the chairman described as worrisome.
“We are ready to buy our own tomatoes only if the government is prepared to empower our local farmers, provide them with the needed facilities such as irrigation dams to produce more and quality vegetables for the country,” he changed.
Meanwhile, vegetable sellers in Kumasi are calling on the Ministry of food and Agriculture (MOFA) to help them flush out “foreigners” who pose themselves as agents in the various markets in Kumasi.
They have threatened to take them on strongly if MOFA does not intervene.
According to the leader of the tomatoe sellers at Bantama, Afia Sarfowaah, such disdain non vegetable traders who have now turned into agents are exploiting the farmers, hence collapsing their business.
She urged all vegetable traders to join hands to get rid of such agents by becoming more organized.
Source : Ernest Essuman & Sammy Adjei / Newsghana.com.gh