Stop Giving Burkina Faso ‘free’ Tomato money; Ghana must invest in irrigation – John Dumelo

Actor John Dumelo has complained bitterly about the import of tomatoes and onion from Burkina Faso when they can be cultivated in Ghana.

The actor who is currently in the Upper East Region on an agricultural tour of the region made this known in a post shared on social media.

John Dumelo indicated that it’s high time Ghana focuses on the production of onions and tomatoes since the country has potential of growing the vegetable.

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He said like the people of Burkina Faso use irrigation all year round for their production, there is the need for the people of Ghana to invest in irrigation.

“I took this video on the Bolgatanga- Navrongo highway. Every year, from December to about May, thousands of trucks move to Burkina Faso to buy tomatoes/onions for the Ghanaian market. Same tomatoes/onions that can be cultivated in large quantities in Ghana especially the Upper and the Northen parts of Ghana.”

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“We can use these water bodies to initiated massive irrigation systems to grow tomatoes esp the Pectomech variety, onions, etc to feed ourselves and also export. We should be targeting about 15-20 tons per hectare output from the farms. With these projections, the trucks will eventually stop crossing the border and now buy from our farmers. The money must stay home. It’s time to get things done!”

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Source: TheBBCghana.Com

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