UER Tomato farmers cry for ready market for product

tomatoes basketTomato farmers in the Upper East Region have appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, MOFA, to create a ready market for tomatoes produced in the Region.

They argue that their produce sometimes gets rotten on the farms due to lack of guaranteed market, stressing that the situation is affecting the tomato business as well as their livelihoods.

The farmers made the appeal when they conducted newsmen round their farmlands to get first-hand information on their plight.

The visit revealed large quantities of ripe tomatoes left unplugged, with some on the verge of getting rotten.

Some members of the Upper East Tomato Farmers Association, said their major headache is getting guaranteed market for their produce as market queens from the region and other parts of the country bypass them to Burkina Faso to purchase tomatoes.

During an open forum after the visit to the farmlands, the outgoing Upper East Regional Minister, James Zuugah Tiigah, promised the farmers of governments resolve to put pragmatic measures in place to salvage the situation.

He challenged the farmers to use the associations they have formed to market themselves.

He stressed his commitment to liaise with schools on the school feeding programme, hospitals and the hospitality industries to see how best they can negotiate for supplies.

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