Unpredictable climatic conditions have affected crop yield in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region in recent years, due to farmers’ inability to plan which crop to cultivate during the season.
“When we expect the rains it will not come; when we think we are hitting the dry seasons then the rains start,” Mr George Otumfuor, a farmer at Ada, said.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he said the situation was affecting most food producers, which would also threaten food security.
Mr Otumfuor said he and his colleague farmers were preparing the lands for cultivation in March and were not certain if the weather condition would be favourable or not.
He said cultivation had been very difficult as the weather had been unstable, adding that he had planted one acre of carrot, which was maturing slowly.
Farmers depended on the rains for their work but in recent years there had been consistent drought, he said, and pleaded with the government to provide irrigation facilities to farmers in the area.
“We don’t have an irrigation facility so it is electrical pumps I use but they are not enough to improve productivity, so I’m appealing to the government to support.”
Mr Gabriel Akorley, another farmer, said: “Some farmers are preparing the lands for the cultivation of okro and watermelon but are all treading cautiously.”
Mr Isaiah Obodai Agbove, on his part, said aside the delays in rainfall, the raining season had also become very short, which resulted in most of the produce getting spoilt.
“The rains delayed last year and the period it rained too was very short, therefore most produce, especially our tomatoes, were hugely affected,” he said. -GNA