By: Nana Agyapong, Nkoranza
Watermelon farmers in Nkoranza north and south in the Bono east region are crying bitterly due to lack of markets for their produce. According to them, for the past one month, they have recorded very low or no sales causing their produce to rot.
Interacting with Nana Agyapong of Derofm, the farmers some said about five acres of their farms are getting rotten and with as many as ten acres are also completely gone bad.
The farmers are more worried because they claim they went in for loans and it very difficult to re pay the banks in their current plight. Some said they have taken loans ranging from Ghs 2,000, to Ghs 5,000 from the local banks and with the accumulated interest, they are likely to be imprisoned because nobody is buying the watermelon.
“We are totally disturb we do not know what to do” One farmer wailed.
They appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of trade and industry to as matter of urgency come to their aid because farmers hold about 60 percent of Ghanaian population.