Maize production Ghana loses 318,514 tonnes of maize annually

An expert in post-harvest losses Dr Tran attributed the losses to the poor drying methods adopted by maize farmers.

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The Africa Post-Harvest Losses Information System (APHLIS) has revealed that Ghana loses over 318,514 tonnes of maize yearly to post-harvest losses.

An expert in post-harvest losses at APHLIS Dr Bruno Tran said this at the launch of APHLIS+, an advanced form of APHLIS in Accra.

According to the ‘Daily Graphic,’ the Northern Region with a total of 20,411 tonnes recorded the highest loss, followed by the Upper East and Volta Regions which recorded 13,000tonnes and 8,983tonnes respectively.

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Meanwhile the Ashanti, Eastern and Western Regions had losses of 3,292, 2,660 and 2,360 tonnes of losses.

The Greater Accra and Upper West regions recorded losses of 2,237 and 778 respectively, with the Brong Ahafo and Central Regions recording the least losses of 734 and 639 respectively.

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Dr Tran said the figure represents 18 percent of the country’s annual maize production.

He attributed the losses to the poor drying methods adopted by the farmers. He said most farmers failed to dry their maize thoroughly before storage. This he said leads to insects attacking the maize.

He implored the government to educate farmers on best farming and post-harvesting practices to reduce such losses.

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