But it cannot all be rosy. In an interview with Mr. Solomon Tang, a member of the Cashew-nut Farmers Association in the Brong-Ahafo region, he was categorical that cashew nut farmers produced enough for the Ghanaian markets though but unfortunately, their products do not receive the maximum patronage from the local populace as its rather traders from such countries as China and the Ivory Coast who patronize them more.
The general secretary of seed production in Ghana, Mr. Thomas W. Havor has advised farmers to grow crops like vegetables and maize that have short duration advising, that the climate change has really affected rainfall pattern so the farmers should change their style of farming to suit the climate change.
Mr. Tettey, an indigenous pepper farmer in Suhum in the eastern region has said on Rite FM’s Akuafo Se Sen that he and his colleague farmers in that part of the country go through a lot of challenges in the discharge of their farming activities.
Director in charge of Extensions in the Lower Manya Krobo District, Mr. Philip Amoah has strongly condemned the resort to unorthodox means of fishing. Mr. Amoah cited the use of DDT and dynamites by fisher folk in Kpong and other fishing areas in Lower Manya whom he said were woefully guilty of the practice.
The chairman of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers, Mr. Victor Oppong Adjei has in an interview with Rite fm said that the low purchase of poultry birds is affecting the poultry farmers as this does not encourage poultry farming in the country.
Most Watermelon Farmers at Afienya in the Greater Accra region are withdrawing from the business as the crops lack water to enhance their development. According to them, they have not recorded even a single drop of rain water to plant their fruits in the minor season.
Mr. Nelson Asiedu, chief Executive Officer of Annex ‘A’ Enterprise has noted that Aflatoxin is a silent killer because it belongs to a group of toxic compounds produced by fungi, which contaminates stored crops due to heat and the activities of insects and rodents.
The Board chairman for FMSL Multi-Media Mr. Narh Davies Korboe said, they have recorded about 70% loss of their produce because the main buyers In Europe refused to import more of the queen fruit from Ghana this year as a result of the bad weather conditions.
With the exception of Somanya having two mango seasons , the rest of mango producing areas like Northern region, Volta, and Kintampo all depend on the major mango season which starts from May every year for export and marketing and expert profit for their hard work, but unfortunately just like every Major season, this year’s major season has once again been a failure to mango farmers with most farmers running at loss as their harvest crushes with thousands of tonnage of mangoes from all over the country reducing the value and price on the market.
The 2014 Second National Best Farmer, Nana Obeng Nuako has said he will advocate for ten (10) percent of the National Budget for the development of Agriculture instead of the five (5) percent some farmers are appealing.
Farmers are still calling on government to release the subcidized fertilizer meant for the major farming season, adding his voice to the call, Mr.Isaac Quarshie Matey a farmer at Afienya in the Greater Accra region has pleaded with government to release urgently to save farmers a disastrous harvest next year.
As mango farmers in Yilo and Lower Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region complain bitterly to Rite FM of no market after harvesting their mangoes, the secretary for Kintapo mango farmers association in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr. Samuel Nimo also revealed that mango farmers in Kintanpo are also facing the same situation of marketing.
The CEO for Hetsebi farms in Trom, Mr. Emmanuel Annan has stated that mango farmers were unable to produce a lot of quality mangoes for the export market this year, this according to him is attributed to low agro input.
A new technology has been introduced by the Nest Technology Ghana Limited in our farming system that will help farmers to be able to determine the nutrient content a soil needs and the appropriate time to apply those nutrients doubled with the time for irrigation to replace the traditional guess farming practiced in Ghana.
Mad. Patience Tetteh, a vegetable and maize farmer at Okwenya in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region has stated that farmers at Okwenya cannot afford the cost of fertilizer for their farming activities.
The president for Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association of Ghana (VEEPAG) Mr. Joseph Tonto has stated that, VEEPAG wants to introduce Protected Agriculture Farming (Green House Farming) to farmers.
The 2011 national best cocoa farmer, Mr. Ignatius Agbo has urged the officials from the Ghana COCOBOD who distribute pesticides and fertilizers to the cocoa farmers to be extra vigilant in carrying out their distribution.
The president for Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen (GNAFF) Rev. Kojo Asante in the Ashanti Region has revealed that, the National Farmers and fishermen Awards Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG) is not resourceful and experience enough to organize the National Farmers Day.
The 2009 National Best Farmer and the Chairman for the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG), Mr. Davis Narh Korboe has stated that, the national farmers day should be organized by NFFAWAG not Ministry of food and agriculture.
Speaking to the General Manager of the Company Mr.Alister Djimatey on Rite fm’s morning ride, he noted that the newly commissioned factory is to expand the operations and supplies of the company in Ghana and the west African sub regions but most importantly to benefit farmers and to reach out to more farmers than before.
The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture in charge of crops Hon. Amed Alhassan Yakubu has confirmed that, Yara Ghana Ltd. a leading fertilizer distributor in the country has pulled out of government fertilizer subsidy programme.
Rev. Jacob Zotbah, a vegetable and mango farmer at Asutuare has revealed that, aside the disadvantages of GMO which Ghanaians are already aware of, increasing dollar rates will also affect our technology meanwhile our technology is also not reliable for the GMO crops.
The program Director for the Peasant Farmer Association of Ghana, Miss Victoria Adongo has called on government to take a more serious interest in the agricultural sector, particularly the role played by women farmers.
“Most Mango Farmers are in for the money, they have no access to expertise in mango and they are really going through hard times”
Mango Farmer Kroni Frederick, 82