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Mango Farmers Worried Over State Of Akorley Packhouse

The Millennium Development Authority (MIDA) constructed a pack house in Akorley, a farming community in Somanya of the Eastern Region in 2012, to support the growth and the expansion of the horticultural sector and curb post-harvest losses.

But it is unfortunate that, this pack house has not been active for over two years now.

The president of Manya Krobo Mango Farmers Association, Mr. Edward Amanor speaking to Rite FM news in an interview has expressed worry about the state of the pack house.

He made a call on all the executives of the four mango associations from lower Manya, Yilo krobo, Dangbe west and upper Manya krobo  to come together to find a possible solution the problem.

Mr Amanor noted that the associations who run the pack house face financial constraints and that has led to the collapse of the place for so many years.

According to him the mango farmers can no more make use of the pack house especially when it is time for harvest because they mostly use the pack house to store their mangoes before they export it.

He recalled that the officials from MIDA told all the associations to put in an amount of $20,000 each to foster its operations but these farmers cannot afford it suggesting that, it would be the best to invite  private investors to carry on the activities of the pack house.

Mr Amanor revealed that the association made appeals to the 2009 National best farmer, Mr Davis Narh Koboe to help finance the operations of the pack house but they have not heard any response yet.

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