A US-based Ghanaian exporter, Prince Edward Adu has alleged that some Ghanaian farmers have plotted to use chemicals to grow edible tubers, especially yam, in order to make a fast earning since they are being cheated for being illiterates, ABC News can report. In an exclusive interview with ABC News, the exporter claimed the disclosure was made when a committee of exporters, of which he is a part, met with locally-based farmers to discuss crop growing and exporting.
What necessitated the conversation, according to him was the rate at which some foodstuff they export into the USA gets spoilt before getting to them.
He told ABC News that the laxity in enforcing regulations on the growing and transporting of crops in Ghana is causing them a great loss.
“I’m into imports and exports, I am the head of exporters but not overall in the USA, I handle the people in New York. This work, we think it would have helped us and helped Ghana as well but there are a lot of things we are unable to get to for our work to go on. For instance, the regulations, when things get here, half of them will be spoilt so we run at a loss. The regulations, the means through which the items or foodstuff will come from the farm in Ghana, delays in coming, and also where the food comes from there are problems as well. The food, say yam, the fertilizers they use in planting are too much so they make the foodstuff get spoilt.
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