By Richard Dankwa:
Production figures of mango are expected to dip significantly by the end of the year as the unpredictable rainfall pattern threatens to affect farm produce.
These fears were expressed by Mr. Enock Teye who is the second national best farmer in the year 2012. He was speaking from Agomeda in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region where a lot of mango farmers have recorded low yield after the major season, thanks to the effect of the climate change.
Mr. Teye who was speaking to Rite news said he recorded only 30 percent of his produce which he blamed on the ‘major effect of the climate change.’
According to him, they were expecting a good rainfall for the flowers of the mangoes to produce more fruits but it is unfortunate that the change accidentally coincided with the growing stage or the flowering stage of the mangoes.
Already, the situation has forced one of the country’s biggest fruit juice producers, Blue Skies Ghana to turn to imported mango fruit from Brazil to feed its production plants.
‘We need the rains, but its timing is not the best. The effects of the rain on our fruits is unpredicted because rainfall was heavy which resulted in the abortion of flowers,’ Mr. Teye lamented.