ZA: Crop scientists begin counting losses affecting horticultural crops

Crop scientists and researchers across the country have been counting the losses of the crop sector after the COVID-19 affected and modified the normal supply chain of horticultural produce.

The scientists say the delayed delivery of Agric inputs, lack of arrival of seasonal labour and non-harvesting of cases as a result of quarantine measures and other restrictions led to several losses in the horticultural sub-sector.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of Horticulturalists at the University of Cape Coast, a horticulturalists and Vice Dean of Students at the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Adjei Frimpong indicated a lot needs to be done to save horticultural farmers of further losses and also maximize foreign exchange, sustainable employment and reduction of poverty.

Horticulture, a branch of plant agriculture that deals with garden crops, generally fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants have been dealt a heft blow by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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