By Prince Paul Amuzu:
Mango farmers in the Yilo Krobo municipality of the Eastern region have expressed their reservations about the effect of the climate change currently sweeping over the globe, particularly its effect on farming activities in the county.
One of them, Madam Sarah Nartey who is a mango farmer with Mensah Farms at Akorley near Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipal of the Eastern Region has been touching on some of the challenges they face as mango farmers due to the climate pattern in recent times as well as troubles with pest and insect attacks.
Speaking in an interview with Krobea Asante, host of the Rite Morning Ride, madam Nartey noted that challenges regarding insect and pest attacks have resulted in the destruction of the flowers of the mango tree which develop into the mango fruit and thereby badly affecting harvest.
She contends that the weather is no longer reliable due to the issue of climate change and that farmers can no longer rely on the farm calendar that used to guide them through providing them with the right time to plough and plant.
‘We the mango farmers are worried about the climate change because sometimes it rains unexpectedly at times that farmers are not expecting the rains, a situation that leads to the destruction of the flowers of the mango trees that develop into the mango fruit, leading to low harvest,’’ she said.
She further lamented on the persistent dying of the mango seedlings while preparing them for planting and therefore pleaded with the government to assist them with extension services to guide them and update their farming skills.
She also pleaded with government to provide them with subsidized insecticides and pesticides as their prices keep going high. This means they can’t afford these insecticides which make it difficult for them to effectively control the pest and the insects which happen to be their main problem as far as mango farming is concerned.