The Eastern regional best maize farmer for the year 2015/2016, Mr. Daniel Asomani, popularly called Castro, has appealed to government to provide better markets for maize farmers.
He said, just as the cocoa industry is having an enviable market, the same should be provided for maize farmers since it will help the state gain more revenue.
Mr. Asomani also bemoaned the huge importation of maize from other countries when farmers in Ghana are producing same in Ghana.
Ghanaians he noted are being encouraged to go into farming yet we are importing the same produce from other countries.
This will discourage farmers, and deprive them the more, he lamented.
If we do not stop doing this, and maize farmers don’t get a market for their produce or sell their produce, they will incur cost and may not be able to go into farming in subsequent seasons.
He stressed the need for government to purchase maize produced in Ghana and stop importing same from other countries because such produce may have been kept for over 10 years in warehouses.
Maize is one of the most important staple food crop grown in Ghana that meets the nutritional needs of both humans and livestock. It is a rich source of energy, vitamins and some amount of protein.