Ghana: Tomato farmers threaten suicide over importations

Tomato farmers from Tuobodom in Ghana’s Brong-Ahafo region are distressed as they lack a market for their produce. A recent glut has caused prices to drop drastically; some farmers are threatening to commit suicide. The District Chief Executive for the area has threatened to block the highways leading to Burkina Faso, so that no tomatoes can be imported.

The farmers are appealing to the government to indeed prevent the import of tomatoes from Burkina Faso. That would ensure that Ghanaian tomato farmers have ready markets for their produce all year round, saving them from losses.

As reported by, some peasant farmers are having it really hard, as many of them cannot repay the loans they incurred. Mr. Baffour Afrifa, Chairman of the Federation of Tomatoes Growers Association Ghana, said the current market prices have left the majority of farmers in a state of anxiety.

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