Mr. George Asamoah-Amankwah, the National best farmer has expressed his worry about the low rainfall noted in the maize growing areas during the crop season this year.
He said that serious measures should be taken to ensure that there may not cause the shortfall of the maize due to the low rain in areas such as Ejura, Kintampo, Techiman and Nkoranza this year.
Mr Asamoah-Amankwah told this while talking to media about his Maize Farms spread in 210 acres in Dema in Tano South District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) has earlier forecasted low rainfall in the country this year. And also the duration of the season would be short.
The GMet also predicted that the rain season will be late from its normal time and will be irregular.
Mr Asamoah-Amankwah showed some of his farms to the media teams where maize crop has become stunted due to insufficient water.
He told that the crop plantation has been late because the farmers were waiting for the rain to come.
This situation has become very critical for the farmers because their ability to replant has weakened by the waste of this year’s investments.
He stated the government’s inability to purchase a large quantity of maize during the good harvest so it can fulfill the needs of lean times.
Some of the business mans of Burkinabe and Malian export maize to other countries by purchasing that on cheap rates and then brought back the crop and sell it on high rates to the people of Ghana.
Mr Asamoah-Amankwah further appealed the government to give the subsidized fertilizers timely for crop plantation.
He praised the government for this act because most of the poor farmers don’t afford to purchase fertilizers.
If agriculture is not supported then how enough food is produced to feed the whole population by working on the policy that grow whatever you eat and eat what you grow, he asserted.
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