- Tomato farmers in the Brong Ahafo region have expressed delight at increased sales following the closure of the borders
- According to them, a basket of tomatoes, which previously sold for GHc20, now goes for GHc700
- They have called on the government to institute measures to ensure they increase production of quality tomatoes
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YEN.com.gh has learnt that tomato farmers in Tuobodom in the Brong Ahafo region are recording increased sales following the closure of the borders with Burkina Faso.
The closed borders have compelled buyers who travelled to Burkina Faso to purchase tomatoes to resort to buying from the local traders.
Information available shows that a box of tomatoes, which previously sold for GHc20 at the beginning of 2020, now sells for GHc700.
A trader, Clement Yeboah, expressed delight at the situation and called on the government to ensure buyers no longer cross the border to Burkina Faso.
A citibusinessnessnews.com report shows that the importers are however calling on the government for improved varieties from the farmers in order to reduce waste.
An importer, Ama Serwaa, noted that the tomatoes from Burkina Faso can last for a week, whereas those grown here in Ghana can only last for three to four days.
She added that the tomatoes from the neighbouring country are more organic and, as such, Ghanaian farmers should cut down on the use of chemicals.
The Federation of Tomato Growers Association of Tuobodom also called on the government to provide quality seeds.
They revealed that they have held deliberations with a number of stakeholders in order to ensure they grow the best tomatoes.
In other news, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has lauded some countries with respect to plans taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
According to its Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, some measures being implemented to deal with the pandemic are beginning to yield results.
This, he cautioned, must not lead to complacency but compel countries all over the world to intensify efforts geared towards full economic recovery.
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