According to a research, Ghana loses about 318,514 tonnes of maize in post-harvest losses each year.
This is an average 18 % of the total maize production in Ghana a year, with the average post-harvest losses at the district and regional levels ranging between five and 70 %.
The Northern Region’s 20,411 tonnes of maize post-harvest loss is the highest among the 10 regions, with Central Region recording the lowest and more modest 636 tonnes of post-harvest maize losses.
Between 8,000 tonnes and 16,000 tonnes are lost in the major production areas of Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions for sorghum.
Mr Emmanuel Sasu Yeboah, The Upper West Regional Director of Agriculture, disclosed this in Wa yesterday. He said studies had also shown that generally, 50 % of food produced in Ghana did not make it to the consumer.
Mr Emmanuel Sasu Yeboah said those conditions were mostly caused by post-harvest handling of the farm produce.
At the first Upper West regional post-harvest loss forum in Wa, Mr Yeboah said, “major crops cultivated by farmers in the region which suffer post-harvest losses include maize, sorghum, rice, groundnut, cowpea, yam and vegetables (tomato, okro and green leaves).”
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