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.
He mentioned poor rains this year as well as no access to irrigation as some of the hydra-headed problems seriously confronting their businesses and which need urgent attention.
But that is not all. Low income levels resulting in impoverishment has compelled some of the farmers to resort to prematurely harvesting the pepper.
Mr. Tettey has therefore appealed to the government to help them out of their predicament by making available to them some irrigational methods as well as providing them with the requisite equipment to help them extend their farms and improve their yield. He said it is very difficult to propagate pepper but once you grow it, it takes only two to three months to harvest it, making it very dependable.
He further lamented the fact that their main customers who are the market women were not buying their produce at fair price, stressing that these women took them for granted because they were not united.