The Ghana National tomato Traders and Transport Association (GNTTTA), has expressed concern about the preference of market queens to buy tomatoes from neighbouring Burkina Faso instead of the produce of Ghanaian farmers.
The General Secretary of the Association, Ms. Lydia Affolley made this known in Bolgatanga at a meeting with the Upper East Regional Security Council on Friday.
She said the perishable nature of tomatoes, low prising of the crop, transportation problems and high taxes were some of the challenges confronting members.
Ms. Affolley said the refusal of the market queens to buy tomatoes from Ghana also led to a glut and post harvest losses.
She said members of the GNTTTA were sometimes subjected to rape and robbery by criminal gangs and also expose to motor accidents and other hazards.
The Public Relations Officer of the association, Mr. Issah Khalifa said members would this year reinforce the ban on crossing to Burkina Faso to purchase tomatoes.
Mr. Mark Woyongo, Regional Minister noted that it was unpatriotic for tomato traders from Ghana to refuse to buy products from the country.
He said the plight of tomato farmers would be a thing of the past this season, explaining that the Ministry of Trade and Industry would be committing 20 Million Ghana Cedis to support the business.
Mr. Woyongo said agricultural experts would introduce the tomato variety in Burkina Faso in Ghana to boost the production and marketing of the crop locally.