By: ROLAND NANA AKOTO OFFEI

Market women in most of the major market centers in Accra are optimistic this year?s rainfall in the hinterlands could transform into a bumper harvest in the near future, causing a decrease in the prices of farm produce.

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These sentiments were gathered after Business Day went round some major market centers such as Dome, Agbogbloshie, Malata, and Makola to ascertain the level of havoc after a torrential rainfall hit the capital.

A trader who gave her name as Auntie Yaa told the paper that the trend has always been fruitful anytime the nation recorded a heavy rainfall in the hinterlands where farming is the mainstay of the economy.

?We expect enough harvest in due time, particularly, cereals and grains. This has always been the trend. Production increases anytime the rains become favorable?, she said.

She disclosed that some of the farm produce that are in high supply after the raining season include cassava, plantain, and vegetables.

She stated that most of the market women in Accra get their products from Techiman, Kumasi, Nsawam, and the Northern regions.

Another trader who spoke to Business Day expressed hope in the future as previous seasons of heavy rains have brought good returns due to the increase in the supply of farm produce.

According to her, the bumper harvest that would accompany the rains would enable her pay for her wards school fees.

Even though most of the traders expressed optimism about the future, some women were doubtful the road will permit the carting of goods from the farm areas to the cities.

?It is true that farm products will increase but torrential rains like what we are witnessing can also cause the roads to be impassable?, a trader said adding that the farmers make losses any time goods are locked up in the hinterlands due to bad roads.

Some of the market women used the opportunity to appeal to government to move quickly in fixing the roads to enable the markets in the cities have enough farm produce.

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