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Trading Curfew in Burkina affecting Ghanaian traders

The landlocked West-African state had curfew imposed on it in the aftermath of terror attacks in a luxurious hotel in the capital.

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The ongoing curfew in Burkina Faso is affecting Ghanaian traders who deal in perishable goods along the Paga border.

The landlocked West-African state declared a nation wide curfew in the aftermath of terror attacks in a luxurious hotel in the capital, Ouagadougou .

Ghana borders Burkina Faso to the north and is heavily dependent on its neighbor for foodstuff and agricultural products like tomatoes.

The System Shippers’ Officer at the Paga border, Abdul Karim Muslim told Joy Business that the traders are not able to transport their goods into the country in good time due to the curfew, causing the traders to lose monies.

He said: “The reason why we are concern of the timing is because of the perishable nature of tomatoes and the onions. Fortunately this time we are having the dry harmattan weather. When there is heat, the tomatoes are not able to be sustained for a period of time and it begins to get rotten.”

“They normally prefer to come in early in the morning when everything is normal, by 6 O’clock they are already in Paga.’

“The tomatoes is processed from the Ghana side and then they move, and by the time that the sun is so hot that it will affect the tomatoes or the onions, they might have reached their market places and offload those goods.”

“Because of the curfew over there, it has affected the timing that they come into Ghana side which has also affected probably their time of departure from Paga onto the various markets they go into,” he added.



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