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Prepare to pay more for rice; Builsa South farmers warn as cost of production doubles

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Farmers in the Builsa South District of the Upper East Region have reduced their farm sizes due to the high cost of agricultural inputs and production. Meanwhile, the farmers have asked the public to brace themselves for an increase in price of local rice on the market. 

Richard Akuka, a member of the Commercial Rice Farmers in the Builsa South said tractor services have increased from 120 cedis to 200 cedis. This including insufficient fertilizer and high cost of labour compelled most farmers to reduce their farm sizes for the 2022 farming season.

“Builsa South areas this year, the land sizes have been reduced due to the production cost; the tractor service has increased from 120 cedis last year to 200 cedis. Urea is 500 cedis, whereas last year we were buying 250 cedis, that’s double the price. So actually the costs of production have doubled and some areas have tripled. So the sizes of acreages have reduced.” 

Mr Akuka mentioned that poor rains in the beginning of the farming season also affected their production. He added that because of insufficient fertilizer, the yields of farmers have reduced.

“We have started harvesting becauhave beense of all these problems people could not get sufficient fertilizer for their farms and then the yields have drastically reduced. I could remember last year a plot I harvested 264 bags yesterday when the Combine Harvester entered I had 168 bags.”

Richard Akuka who was speaking on A1Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show says the cost of a Combine Harvester has increased from 300 cedis last year to 500 cedis.

The farmers have increased the price of a bag of rice from 400 cedis to 500 cedis due to the high cost of production and low yields.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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