Farmers across the country always complain of limited market or poor prices for their farm produce especially harvest seasons.
Dr. Shadrack Amposah, Agriculture Engineer at Crop Research Institute in the Ashanti Region under the Center for Scientific and Research Institute has disclosed that, storage in farming is the processes by which farmers preserve their produce to either awaits market or ensure food security.
He spoke to Agrotech host, Edwin Larbi adding that storage is very important in farming. He accused that, after farmers produce their crops with all investment, they end up selling quickly to get some income, which affects them.
Dr. Amposah urged farmers to store their produce since it gives them food bargaining power and also ensure food security to both the farmer and the country. This he hinted will prevent unnecessarily food wastage.
He further educated farmers on the methods involve in storing farm produce suck as the use of silos and cribs storage.
The Agric Engineer in his further statement asserted that modernization is vital in farming since it introduce the farmer to new trends of agribusiness.
He explain that CRI recently demonstrated to some yam farmers in the Brong Ahafo and Northern Regions how to create sheds to preserve their yams from direct sunlight and rodent attack which he described more effective than the normal practice of covering it with grass.
Dr. Shadrack advised vegetable farmers to always handle their crops with care since it more perishable and learn to add value to them to prevent much loss in the business.
He suggested to farmers to make it necessary to look out for right packaging for most of their produce.
Source: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org