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Vegetable farmers in Keta protest high electricity tariffs

The farmers, who depend on electricity to power their irrigation pump, said the cost of electricity is driving them out of business and could render most of them jobless.

The farmers, who depend on electricity to power their irrigation pump, said the cost of electricity is driving them out of business and could render most of them jobless.
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The farmers, who depend on electricity to power their irrigation pumps, said the cost of electricity is driving them out of business and could render most of them jobless.

The aggrieved farmers marched through the principal streets of Keta to present a petition to the president through the Municipal Chief Executive.

They appealed to the president to subsidize the cost of solar irrigation pumps.

“We are aware of the challenges Ghana is facing in the generation of power. For us farmers, the long term solution is the use of solar pumping units,” Roland Tudzi, leader of the farmers said.

“We are appealing to government to look critically at solar energy option and subsidize it cost to enable farmers own the solar pump unit.”

The farmers also called for “separate cost of energy tariffs” for irrigation farmers.

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