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EKT Addo, )left) presenting a certificate to Issah Ouedrago

THE WESTERN REGIONAL MINISTER, Ebenezer Teye Addo has bemoaned post-harvest losses that most farmers record in the country.

According to him, experts have estimated that in certain instances, farmers record post-harvest losses as high as 30 per cent.

This is one of the reasons why agriculture is increasingly becoming less attractive to the youth because it is unthinkable for anybody to imagine that his or her produce would go waste after harvest, he said.

He called for concerted effort to minimize post-harvest losses in the country.

The Western Regional Minister stated this at the 29th Regional Farmers? Day held at Inchaban in the Shama District of the region.

It was on the theme, ?Reducing post-harvest losses for sustainable food security and nutrition.?

In all, 27 distinguished hardworking farmers and fishermen were awarded for their contributions to the development of agriculture in the region.

Out of the number, only three were women.

Issah Ouedrago, a farmer based in the Ahanta West District of the region, was adjudged the overall best farmer in the region.

He was given a certificate, mist blower, tricycle, water pump, bicycle, 10 cutlasses, 10 bags of cement, Wellington boot, sewing machine, two cameuse and spraying machine.

The Minister mentioned that as part of efforts to reduce post-harvest losses in the country, the government had constructed cold stores along the coastal districts of the country for storage of fish.

Mr. Addo pointed out that farm assistants and extension officers would offer the necessary guidance to the farmers to forestall any losses.

?The government has also established the National Food Buffer Stock (NAFCO) to buy excess produce from farmers at reasonable prices and release them onto the market when demand is increasing,? the regional minister stressed.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE in an interview, Ouedrago, the 2013 Regional Best Farmer, who is also the owner of B-BOVID, a Ghanaian agro-business, expressed his happiness about the award.

He praised other farmers for producing food in large quantities and also contributing to the economic development of the country.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Inchaban

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