Cassava farmers in the Assin South District of the Central Region are calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to set up a gari processing factory in the area to prevent their produce from going waste.
The farmers have entreated the President to consider the area in his One District One Factory agenda since the area produces more cassava for the country.
In an interview with the media over the weekend, one of the farmers, Kofi Tenkorang, lamented that sometimes they are compelled to sell out their produce at very low prices in order not to make it go waste.
He noted that since there is no ready market for them, their produce are left to rot while the few who are able to sell it do so at cheaper prices to enable them cater for their families.
“It is very pathetic to see us selling one whole sack of quality cassava for just GH₵30.00 and a big bunch of plantain for GH₵12 when our colleagues in other parts of the country are making big monies from this same occupation,” he further lamented.
He noted that due to this most of the youth in the area were migrating to the big cities to engage in menial jobs just to make ends meet.
“Most of us are cocoa and cassava farmers in this district so if government should set up one factory in this area, there will be more jobs created and our people will stay to help in developing our deprived district,” he emphasised.
By: From Magdalene Abrobrah, Assin South, Central Region