There has been a shortage of tomatoes in Ghana due to a strike by the Tomato Traders and Transporters Association to protest highway robberies enroute from Burkina Faso.
The strike, according to the transporters is to draw attention to the increased highway robberies which have taken the lives of two drivers in January alone. Other members including females, are reported to have been assaulted by the highway robbers.
The transporters, who are responsible for majority of the tomatoes sold in Ghana’s markets, represent an industry of about a hundred million dollars a year of importing tomatoes grown in Burkina Faso and Niger.
The association petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Interior, Agriculture and Trade ministries as well as the Police Commanders of the two regions where the robberies have occurred that is the Upper East and Upper West.
The National Chairman of the Association stated that until security measures had been put in place, no vehicle would transport goods from Burkina Faso to Ghana.
By : Tony Nagai