Akatsi North traders need help

Traders in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region have appealed to government to provide them with loans and proper market facilities for enhanced socioeconomic activities.

A survey conducted by this reporter has it that three major markets in the predominantly farming district, such as Ave-Dakpa market, Ave-Afiadenyigba market and Ave-Hevi market lack good market and storage facilities.

At Ave-Dakpa, the district capital, traders were seen selling their wares under tents and locally constructed structures situated on the main Ave-Dakpa-Akatsi feeder road since the actual market was demolished by the district assembly about two years ago for the building of a shopping mall.

Madam Yawoavi Ketor, a trader, told this reporter that the small nature of their new market place has made trading activities a drudgery to them and appealed, ”We will be happy if government can come to our aid by giving us a better place.”

”There is no money in the system and business is very bad. The small quantity of pepper I have brought since morning is still with me. We need some loans to do better jobs”, she said.

Situations at the Ave-Afiadenyigba and Ave-Hevi markets are not different as most of the traders interviewed complained about high level of post-harvest losses for their produce, stating, ”With better storage and marketing facilities, we can keep our products safe for sale later in case people don’t buy all of them on a market day.”



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