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Tomato farmers desperate for suitable seed

2010-08-18 21:29:07
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The Upper East Regional Minister has reiterated the need for key stakeholders in the tomato trade to engage with researchers to come out with varieties of tomato seed to suit the climatic conditions of the north so that it could be cultivated all year round.

Mr Mark Woyongo said the Northern Star Tomato Company (NSTC), if put to full capacity, can process all the tomatoes produced in the region and from Burkina Faso.

Hesaid this in Bolgatanga when he opened a workshop on Joint Tomato Venture between Ghana and Burkina Faso as part of a process being undertaken by the Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition (GTLC) and their Burkina Faso counterpart, ORCARDE.

It is promote tomato trade between the two countries by eliminating the unnecessary rivalries, tensions and unhealthy competitions that characterize the tomato trade.

He said the tomato factory was prepared to enter into any bilateral agreement with Burkina Faso for the continuous supply of raw materials which is tomatoes, for its operations.

Other areas that could be exploited, the Minister said, were shea nut and cotton processing.

source: ghanadistricts.com

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