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Late Start of Rains: Farmers Express Concern

Mr. Glastone Tetteh, patron of the Ogome Dawa district farmers association has lamented that the major season has been a failure for their farming activities following what he describes as the late start of the rains.

The Ghana Meteorological Agencies had predicted heavy downpours with lightning flashes as part of the upcoming long raining season.

Director of Research at the Agency, Charles York, disclosed that the rains were expected to start early this year; from April and will last until July ending.

Mr. Tetteh who said farmers hoped to use the rains to address their irrigation challenges expressed disappointment over the late start of the rains.

“The meteorological department alerted farmers of the impending heavy rains during the year especially during the major rainy season and since irrigation remains a challenge, farmers across the country prepared to take advantage of the seasons only to be disappointed during the major season,” he complained.

Speaking in an interview with Captain Adabugar during the ‘Akuafo Sesen’ segment of the Rite Morning Ride Wednesday to register his plight as a farmer, Mr. Gladstone said predictions from the meteorological agencies has been ‘misleading.’

“Based on the weather forecast from the meteorological services, I have prepared four (4) hectares of land for production only to be disappointed by the major season,” he added.

The end effect of the disappointment, Mr. Gladstone asserted adversely affected the development of the crops.

“Most of our crops could not do very well to attract the local market who buy from us,” he said adding that market women who buy the cassava and process it into dough also failed to pay them what is due them.

The patron of the Ogome Dawa Farmers Association said the only hope of the farmers lies in the minor season where they hope to make some profits.

“Our only hope now as farmers is the minor season which we are relying on to cover the major season which couldn’t work as expected and praying for potential markets to save us from the middle men ripping us of our profit.

Source; Prince Paul Amuzu/www.ritefmonline.org/princeamuzu667@gmail.com

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