For this reason I helped to develop the Organic Citrus Farmers Network and also assist farmers with technical know-how about organic farming. One of our biggest challenges is the current state of the trees. When a lime tree grows in it’s natural habitat without any interference from man, the tree produces a great deal of beautiful, large dark green leaves. Although the leaves offer shade for the fruit they also have a direct impact on the size of the limes as, due to the lack of light in the canopy, the fruits remain smaller. We are now planning to prune the trees in order to achieve bountiful, organic orchards. Pruning means high yields in the long run but no fruit in the short run and that is why we are grateful that customers abroad are buying our current crop of smaller, certified organic limes. By purchasing these limes you are directly investing in these passionate farmers who want to show that organic farming is the way forward.
Furthermore, these exports are helping to improve the livelihood and income earnings of the organic lime growers here in Ghana.