The Ministry of Food and Agriculture is urging tomato traders in the country to desist from travelling to Burkina-Faso to buy tomatoes this festive season as local producers will be able to supply enough to meet their demand.
The Tomato traders and transporters association embarked on a strike in February this year due to what the association said was the silence of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other authorities on robbery attacks on their members on various routes when going in for their produce from Burkina Faso as well as when returning to their various depots.
But in an interview with Head of Public Relations at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Bagbara Tanko noted that enough steps have been taken to ensure traders get access to quality tomatoes in the right quantities in Ghana this festive season.
“We all recall the demonstration of the tomato traders earlier this year. As a result, the Ministry had to step up its activities through the crop services directorate. Looking at the quantities of tomato seeds that were distributed countrywide, we are expecting that this year there will be a good harvest and we don’t expect these traders to travel all the way to Burkina Faso. They should look in-country.”
“We are looking particularly at the varieties that attract them to Burkina Faso, we are supplying them with the same varieties,” he added.
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