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Bosoma Market taken over by weeds

BY: Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah & Zadok Kwame Gyesi
The Bosoma Market

Part of the Bosoma Market in the Sunyani Municipality in the Brong Ahafo Region has been taken over by weeds.

The popular weekly market, which is held every Wednesday, is noted for its economic significance to traders in and around the Sunyani Municipality.

Beauty of Bosoma Market 

There is no doubt that market days at the market  can be compared to any of the known markets in the country such as the Techiman, Makola, Kasoa, Mankessim, Asesewa, Kejetia or the Kotokuraba markets.

One major feature of the Bosoma Market is that many business tycoons from Kumasi, Accra and other big cities make stopovers there and continue to the Techiman Market the following day.

It is sad, however, that the popular market is now losing its glory to weeds without any proper measure being put in place to control them.

When the Daily Graphic visited the market, it was observed that many sheds had been taken over by shrubs and grasses to the extent that one wondered if the sheds were still in use.

Some of the sheds looked unkempt and part of them had broken down. 

However, in some areas, especially where the weeds have attained their maturity, some of the shop owners have used weedicides to control the weeds. 

Traders’ reaction

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Madam Gladys Nsiah, a second-hand clothes dealer, expressed worry that weeds had overgrown in some parts of the market.

She explained that the section where the weeds had taken over belonged to the second-hand clothes dealers ,saying, “It is very dangerous especially for  those of us who sell our things here because snakes can hide in the weeds.”

According to Madam Nsiah, some of the shop owners only came to the market once every year and because of that their sheds had been left unkempt.

“Because some of the shop owners only come here during Christmas, that is why their shops have become bushy like that,” she said, stressing, “It is making the market unattractive.”

According to him, it was laziness on the part of the traders who owned the sheds not to weed or hire labourers to clean their sheds for them, saying, “Even if you give five cedis to the “wheelbarrow boys”, they will clear the area for you.”

Mr Kwabena Manu, another trader who had displayed his products in front of one of the sheds, said the traders should all make contributions towards the maintenance of the market.