Onion farmers appeal for support to construct sheds

Members of the Brenu Akyinim Onion Growers Association in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality, have appealed for support to construct market sheds to protect their produce.

They said both traders and farmers in the onion business were losing money due to post-harvest loses and that was affecting their livelihood.

Miss Efua Tawiah, President of the Association, who made the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Friday, said the provision of the shed would help communities like Ampenyim, Akwanda and Ayensudo in the protection of their farm produce.

Miss Tawiah said it would also encourage farmers in the area to produce more to give the people some business to improve their standard of life as well as help in revenue generation to assist in the development of the area.

She said the Association had held several meetings with the KEEA and the chiefs in the area to make land available for the construction of the market sheds, but all had fallen on deaf ears and as such called on the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund to assist in advocating for the facility.

In an interaction with some of the traders, they said due to the absence of market sheds, buyers were not being attracted from the surrounding villages to the community to buy their produce resulting in post-harvest losses.

They also complained of people being knocked down by vehicles along the roadsides where they did their trading and appealed to the KEEA to construct a decent market place for them.

Mr Osman Mensah, a Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund Consultant, said based on the experience of an advocacy programme for traders in Accra the KEEA would recoup the cost in building the market for the traders.

“It is commercially viable to construct a market for the community even if the Assembly contract loans at commercial rate it will still recover the cost of investment in the short term,” he stated.

Mr Mensah said the BUSAC would continue to advocate to the Assembly for the provision of the market, saying “this will help build a strong partnership between them and the private sector for district economic development.”

He also suggested the Assembly should consider public-private partnership arrangement for projects of this nature, adding that the private sector was interested in lucrative business that would bring good returns in investment. GNA

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