The Tuobodom Tomato Farmers Association has appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, MOFA, to create a ready market for tomatoes produced in the Region.
They argue that their produce sometimes gets rotten on the farms due to lack of guaranteed market, stressing that the situation is affecting the tomato business as well as their livelihoods.
President for the Association, Mr. Baffour Afrifa told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, although they have the edible fruit/berry of the plant Solanum lycopersicum family, in abundance, people are travelling to Burkina Faso and other African countries to purchase same.
He said: ‘’our major challenge is getting guaranteed market for their produce as market queens from the region and other parts of the country bypass us to Burkina Faso to purchase tomatoes. They travel to Burkina Faso to purchase because they claim it is cheaper in that country. They claim that they purchase two boxes of tomatoes for the price of one.’’
‘’When we call our customers, they don’t respond. If this issue is not addressed, then the repercussions would be severe. Some farmers have gone in for loans and so if they are unable to sell their produce, they will go at a loss,’’ he lamented.
Mr. Afrifa called on government to place an embargo on the importation of tomatoes for a period of two months so Ghanaian farmers will be able to sell their produce.