Ghana: President pledges new tomato processing plant

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has pledged to build a tomato processing plant in Afrancho in the Offinso-North District to help farmers boost both production and returns. 

He said the goal was to end the recurring production losses because of the absence of storage facilities.

The area is a major producer of vegetables, accounting for more than 20 per cent of the national annual production.

President Mahama, who was addressing the chiefs and people of the town as part of his four-day election campaign tour of the Ashanti Region, said irrigation facilities were also going to be provided.

That, he indicated, would allow for all-year round production of tomato by the farmers.
The election promise comes amid increasing importation of tomato and other vegetables from Burkina Faso and other neighbouring West African countries to make up for the production shortfall.

Source: GNA/

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