Rice farmers at the Bontanga rice farms in the Kumbungu District of the Northern Region have appealed to the government to create market opportunities for them to be able to sell their produce.
In an interview with Ghanaweb, the farmers revealed that their produce are left to rot due to a lack of ready market hence the need for government to intervene.
“As you can see the rice there, no one has come to buy, even those who come, want to buy it at a cheaper price”, Alidu fuseni cried out.
“when they come here, they want us to sell to them at a cheaper price but when they go, they sell and make a profit, meanwhile, we also suffer producing it”, another farmer disclosed.
“We need a serious buyer, after several months of suffering to produce the rice, selling it becomes very difficult, so the government should do something, another farmer revealed.
“One of our major challenges has to do with farm inputs. They are not available and even if you get them, they are costly so you won’t be able to buy them”, Bawa Issahaku disclosed to Ghanaweb.
The Bontanga rice farm is one of the largest rice farms in Ghana housing many rice farmers. The farm was established during Dr. Hilla Imam’s era and has since been operating.