The hardworking women, mostly between the ages of 20 and 45, are gradually taking over the coconut business and are equally able to meet the demands of their customers just like their male counterparts in the business.
They use their sharp knives to skillfully cut through the fibrous husk of the tropical fruit in their quest to select the best for their clients.
The sale of coconut has become the new trend because it provides food security and livelihood opportunities for some people in the country.
In separate interviews with The Ghanaian Times in Sekondi-Takoradi last Saturday, the women mentioned that the coconut business was booming.
Hannah Appiah, a mother of three, said she stated the sale of coconut eight months ago, to raise money to support her husband, and that she had not regretted joining the business.
She said though her friends advised her against venturing into the male dominated business, she declined.
Madam Appiah said “I am very happy now because I have a job and I can support my husband. Our children are now in school and everything is okay with us unlike previously when we all depended on my husband’s little income.”’
A 42-year-old, who said was only called Getty, told The Ghanaian Times that, her husband was a coconut farmer so getting the tropical fruits for sale wasn’t a problem.
She mentioned that, the only problem she was facing was how to transport the fruits from the farm to the market at Sekondi-Takoradi due to the poor nature of the roads.
Asabea, 28, another coconut seller, stated that she made about GH¢30.00 profit each time she sold coconut and that was far more than what she use to earn when she was selling iced water.
“Coconut business has become very lucrative now, that is why we have joined the men in the business,” she added.
In a telephone interview with The Ghanaian Times, the Chief Executive Officer of Tsi K. Arts, Mr. Eric Tsikata, an alternative health advocate, advised members of the public to patronize the fruit because of its enormous health benefits.
He stated that, regular intake of fresh coconut water improves kidney functioning and blood circulation, thereby lowering high blood pressure, and reducing the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases.
Coconut water, Mr Tsikata said, had antiviral and antibacterial properties that strengthens the immune system and fights viral infections like flu.
He said coconut water is a natural isonic drink that provides same benefits as formulated energy drinks, and advised pregnant women to drink more coconut water because it fights slow digestion, constipation and heart burns.
According to Mr. Tsikata: “because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying health conditions, but when searching for fresh coconut water to enjoy, please stay clear of those with hard brown cover, look for those that are green because they contain more nutrients”,.
He also advised coconut sellers to desist from exposing the tropical fruit to warm temperatures to prevent the fruit from losing its nutritional value.
From Raissa Sambou, Sekondi