The failure of farmers to establish links (networking) with potential markets is the root cause of their low returns, Chairman for the Norvisi Seed Growers Association at Apegusu has said.
According to Mr. Tetteh Amenuvor, Chairman of the Norvisi Seed Growers Association at Apegusu in the Asuogyaman district in the Eastern region, lack of links (networking) from farmers to potential markets accounts for the major cause of poor harvests always recorded by farmers.
He made the observation on the Akuafo Sesen segment of the Rite Morning Ride with host Captain Adabugar.
Mr. Tetteh Amenuvor in regretting the lack of ready market for the produce of farmers expressed worry over the high cost of investments made by such farmers who in the end record the losses as a result of the unavailability of the markets.
“The cost of production in terms of inputs such as weedicides and fertilizers is killing farmers and after harvesting, most farmers have no access to ready markets where they can sell out their farm produce and for that matter depend on middlemen who end up cheating them,” he complained.
Mr. Tetteh Amenuvor thus encouraged farmers to properly network with external markets or exporters for the necessary market avenues for their produce.
The situation leaves farmers anxious to sell their goods so that it does not go bad especially perishable stuffs, to avoid them recording losses.
The farmers’ chairman lamented over the attitude of middlemen who exploit the situation by buying from them (farmers) at very low prices and thus end up denying them of their profit.
Source; Prince Paul Amuzufirstname.lastname@example.org