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Delay In Accessing Improved Seeds a Concern to Farmers

The Chairman for the Lower Manya Farmers’ Award Winners Association, Mr. Samuel Ohipeni on Monday expressed worry over the delay in accessing improved seeds and fertilizers from the various agric departments.

Mr. Samuel Ohipeni said the delay encountered by farmers in receiving improved seeds and other inputs from the Agric Departments is responsible for the many challenges encountered by farmers.

The farmers’ chairman, who is a mixed crop farmer said farmers who were supposed to access the improved maize seeds by February rather received it “very late in March,” a situation he said affected the productivity of the farmers.

“We were supposed to receive the improved maize seeds by February but rather received the seeds late, around March ending which has affected our action plans and production because Ghana is rain fed agricultural society with climate challenges such as drought.

Speaking in an interview with Captain Adabugar during the ‘Akuafo Sesen’ segment of the Rite Morning Ride Monday to register his plight on behalf of his colleagues, the Lower Manya Farmers chairman noted that aside the delay in accessing the improved seeds, the high cost of production inputs especially chemicals in managing the fall army worms is affecting farming activities in the country.

Mr. Ohipeni who also lamented about the lack of potential markets for their farm produce said the situation is ripping farmers of deserved profits.

“Farmers deserve to enjoy the fruits of their labour but the lack of ready markets mean they are compelled to sell at cheaper prices to the local market women,” he lamented.

Source; Prince Paul Amuzu/www.ritefmonline.org/princeamuzu667@gmail.com

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