The Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) has received a request from yam farmers in the Oti area for assistance in resolving post-harvest losses.
They claim that a major factor influencing the produce in Ghana is the entry of fraudulent agrochemicals into the country’s market.
The farmers stressed that in order to allow them to switch back to using organic fertilizers, the government must forbid the introduction of counterfeit agrochemicals into the nation.
This was brought up at a sensitization program for firms in the Oti area that the Ghana Investment Promotion Council hosted in Dambai.
It was intended to provide them advice on how to find both domestic and foreign markets for their goods.
Evelyn Nyarko, Director of Investor Services at GIPC, determined that agro-processing, with yam as the common commodity, was the top industry in the area.
She pointed out that in order for farmers’ goods to be accepted on global markets, they must receive the necessary training on best practices.
According to Madam Nyarko, it’s critical to teach local farmers effective yam cultivation techniques that meet global market requirements.
She lamented, in an interview with Adom News, that Ghanaian yam exporters were still counting their losses as a result of the poor quality of their product.
Evelyn Nyarko made a request for the building of storage facilities that have the capacity to hold yams for extended periods of time.