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Has COVID -19 and low rainfall affected yam production? - Adoanewsonline.com
Has COVID -19 and low rainfall affected yam production? - Adoanewsonline.com

Has COVID -19 and low rainfall affected yam production? – Adoanewsonline.com

Ghana is noted for her major export of yam in the world at large.

In 2016, the country was recognized in the world as the sixth major exporter of the commodity. Aside from the devastating effects of Covid-19 and the impact of low recorded rainfall in some parts of Ghana on crop production this year, the concern is made about how much yam cultivation is affected by these factors.

In an interview with some able-bodied men in the yam market on Thursday, September 3, they shared with Adoa news desk their views and challenges within the yam production and its related business.

Evans, a tricycle operator said “Because of the lockdown meted by the government; business has not been good at all. At the end of each day, the little amount of money we get is taken by the police because they claim we do not have a license. Now should we stop using the tricycle and steal so we should later be called thieves? The fact is that we are not thieves too, I am a student but because of the lockdown, I came down to work.  He lamented.

Again, our expectations this year for the rains didn’t help at all because we have not had much rains this year thereby causing mitigation in yam production. Another tricycle operator says “I drive tricycle here in the yam market. Now, business here is very bad and difficult to even get another, I have always been sitting idle at the lorry station until yams are brought for off-loading before I get work to do.

However, the news team visited a yam factory within the yam market.
The factory guard speaks to the news team on the processes of yam export saying “So far there are 14 boys who work at the factory as permanent staff, unlike the ladies who are just temporary workers and as such do not have a specific number of female staffs.


I normally call on 20 ladies just to clean up the yams, and others who come here work solely on a by-day policy. He said.
Again the truck boys who bring in the yams here in the factory are not employees here; theirs is to bring the yams. Here in the factory, we are much particular about our 26kilos scale. 
Again, with the machine for getting the kilos, immediately you buy it they will set the scale for kilos before handing over to you.
Furthermore, when yams are brought to the factory we don’t auction them for impulse buyers but solely packaging for export”. He added.

Story by Raphael Tetteh & Courage Akosua Agrah 

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