Palm oil producers in Tafi Dekpor cry for support

Palm oil producers in Tafi Dekpor cry for support
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Women producing palm oil in Tafi Dekpor, a community in the Afadzato South District of the , are calling on the government, individuals, and organisations to support them to produce on a larger scale.

According to the women, assistance in the form of the supply of machines, ready market, and repairs to the deplorable roads would increase and sustain their business and production.

Madam Vivian Akpene Aborvor, a palm oil producer and seller, noted that a lack of machines to pound the palm fruits affected oil production, while the deplorable roads prevented buyers from coming to the community.

Madam Aborvor added that the cost of palm fruits was also a challenge in production, and transporting the oil to the market was expensive because only motorbikes and tricycles could ply the deplorable roads, and they charged high fares. The women currently sell a bottle of palm oil for GH₵17.00 in the market but GH₵15.00 when buyers come to the community.

They are also faced with the challenge of selling their products at either Logba or Kpando markets instead of having an available market ready to purchase their products in large quantities.

Mr Prosper Bedu, a farmer, noted that the sale of palm fruits in the community depended on their availability, which determined the prices at which they were sold to their clients. He added that a painted rubber of palm fruits currently costs GH₵12.00 but could sometimes cost either GH₵10.00 or as low as GH₵5.00.

The Comdeks Hatof Women's Oil Processing Centre, which was established to help women in oil palm processing, had become a white elephant, according to checks by the (GNA).

Mr Agblewodea Lawson, Acting Headman of the Community, said the Centre was established in 2014 to help in oil palm processing, but unfortunately, everything halted, and they also had not heard from the non-governmental organisation or the leader, Samuel, who provided shelter, pots, and other materials to help with the processing.

Mr Agblewodea noted that they were currently in need of palm fruit pounding machines, processors, and other equipment to help the production of palm oil. The women are hopeful that their call for help will not fall on deaf ears and that their business will grow and thrive.

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