Information gathered by the Radford FM Newsdesk in the two main producing Sissala East and West District indicates that the quantity of maize expected to be produced will suffer a severe cut for 2021 farming season.
Official records put the Sissala area among the highest producer of maize cereals contributing over one hundred thousand metric tonnes of maize every year to the country.
Mr John Dimah is the CEO of GAB ventures and into agribusiness and the 2019 national maize best farmer has disclosed that in the year 2019 he cultivated 32,000 acres of maize which came down to 19,000 in 2020 and has revealed cultivating just a thousand acres’ acres of maize for the 2021 season, a situation he blamed on some farmer’s refusal to pay back inputs supplied to farmers in 2020.
Mr Dimah revealed further his three thousand farmers he engages indirectly every year wouldn’t be extended any input support except only one thousand two hundred farmers majority of whom are women farmers.
“I am forced to lay off some of my permanent staff and shifting attention to soya beans with women as my target instead of maize “.
Another company working with farmers in the maize value chain is Agromite which is another input supporting farmer-based organization that has also announced a pull-out from maize production for the 2021 cropping season after the company’s farmers only paid only 30% of the Eight million Ghana Cedis investments in maize productions for the 2020 cropping season.
Dr Henry Anim Somuah in an interview said his company which cultivated over 20 thousand acres of maize was backing out following some of the farmer’s inability to repay inputs extended to them. The company will rather go into soya bean cultivation.
Masara N’arziki which use to be the biggest input support farmer-based organization with support from Regional Marketing Group has reduced from the over 50,000 acres of maize it cultivates every to just 10,000 acres for both Sissala East and West Districts. The other companies working in the area including Cisse Farms have all reduced their size of plantations.
Some of the farmers one of whom the GNA spoke to is Mr Haruna Doho based in Tasor 30 kilometres from Tumu in the Sissala East said
“Many farmers could not pay back the right quantity of maize to input supporting schemes due to what he claims was the poor quality of fertilizer supplied to them last year which failed to support crops growth”.
He has therefore appealed to the government to intervene or else maize farmers would not be able to produce to capacity whilst urging the companies to increase farmer’s capacities to withstand challenges associated with maize farming. Others blamed last year’s poor yields on the irregular rainfall pattern.
Source: Radford FM