The chairman of the Komkomba Yam Farmers Association in Asamkitua in the Akuapim North District of the Eastern Region has expressed dissatisfaction over low market for their yam after harvest.
According to Mr. Moyam Beyie, the association is made up of more than fifty members with each member having more than seven hectares of land that produce at least fifteen thousand pieces of yam at harvest.
“Each member produces more than fifteen thousand pieces of yam at harvest but no market,” he said.
He said the poor market for their yam causes them to sell the yam at low prices.
“We sell one hundred pieces of yam between GHS 120.00 and GHS 150.00 which should not be the case,” he said
The chairman who was speaking in an interview with Rite FM on the associated problems they encounter during yam farming said; “we even spend more money to hire people during harvest to assist us transport the yam to the market centers.”
According to him, one factor accounting for the low price is the issue of middle men and women who buy from them after harvest to sell to retailers.
“Another problem that is worrying us is the middle men who buy from us at low prices and sell at high price to make more money than we the farmers who suffer to plant.” he said.
Prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org