Joshua Kutsoafo one of the watermelon farmer is fighting a battle with watermelon glut, which has decreased prices.
He is one of the hundreds farmers who expected to cash in 2015 windfall for the farmers who cultivated the fruit but are now left counting either their losses or meager profits.
He said this is the worst season for us ever since I started cultivating watermelon 15 years ago. Everybody is growing watermelon.
Such has been the plentiful harvest that some traders on the Sege-Sogakope widen of the Accra-Aflao road dumped their produce, leaving it to decay because of an excess supply and few demand.
In the midst of plenty, the people benefiting most are middlemen from big commercial centres including Accra, Tema and Aflao who are milking the farmers and making profit in the cities.
Mr Tettey Dayitey, another farmer and his wife are busily marking the fruit before carting it to the roadside across Mr Kutsoafo’s farm,.
Watermelon, which last year was between GH¢ 12 to GH¢15 last year even on the farm is now between GH¢ 3 to GH¢ 7.
This is where the grading starts. The huge green ones attract the premium price but the deep green ones, even when they are small are expensive because they are high in demand.
The fruit, depending on its size and color on the farms, are between 10 pesewas and GH¢ 6. By the roadside, it is going for between GH¢1 and GH¢ 8.
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