Tomato Farmers in the Brong Ahafo Region of the country are calling on the various authorities to come to their rescue with the provision of new tomato seed varieties.
Mr. Adjei Ofosu Seth, The Best National tomato farmer of the year 2009, made the call in on Rite Fm’s Morning Ride on Tuesday. The acclaimed farmer was unequivocal in his demand that farmers need a new seed variety to enable them cope with the industrial demand of the tomato factories.
He said the local seed variety which has been in existence for long is becoming archaic as most of the industries have turned their direction of purchasing seeds towards Ghana’s West African neighbours, from Burkina Faso whose produce are of the new varieties. He said the factories shy away from purchasing the local tomato variety since majority of them complained about the poor quality and nature of the local variety, a situation which gravely affect their businesses.
He asserted that government must provide them with the new variety and irrigational scheme to boost tomato’s farming. He further lamented that several calls for the government to step in and salvage the situation has bluntly fallen on deaf ears, a clear indication of the negligence of the farming sector.
He said this negligence from the government is affecting them and therefore called for the needed attention.