Coffin makers in Kumasi cry over poor sales and demand the president’s support
Coffin makers in Kumasi, Ashanti region, say they are being gradually driven out of business by some Burkinabeans.
Accordingly, access to wood for the production of coffins is becoming more and more difficult, as the Burkinaans pay higher prices for raw wood to wood processors in Ghana.
Against this background, according to the coffin makers, the wood processors, especially in Kumasi, prefer to sell their products to the Burkinabe, who are now given preferential treatment on the local wood market.
About 200 coffin makers in the Kumasi Asafo working enclave say the situation has forced some of their people to settle in other parts of the metropolis.
Coffin Makers Association chairman Kwabena Sarpong told 3news.com that if the situation is not reviewed, woodworkers in the country will soon be put out of business.
“Access to wood is an essential factor in the continuation of our business. If you go to Sokoban Wood Village, you can see piles of wood that have all been bought by burkinabies because they have money and are buying the wood at higher prices, ”he said.
Mr. Sarpong According to him, “the timber sellers are always anxious to sell them to the Burkinabe, and that concerns us,” he complained.
How much a coffin costs, Kwabena Sarpong told 3news.com, the price depends on the type of wood and the decoration materials used.
The cost of a coffin is determined by the type of wood and materials used
“We sell coffins from 400 to 4000 cedis. If you want a coffin we ask the type of wood and design so that the price is determined, but at least 400 cedis you can get a coffin from us, ”he said.
In the meantime, they appeal to the government to provide them with a permanent location to do their business.
“Where we are currently working, it is not beneficial for us to train even more young people due to the lack of space. If the government can help us, as it supports the Anloga Junction woodworkers and has moved everyone to Sokoban Wood Village, we will be grateful, ”Mr Sarpong appealed.
He said they had identified a property in Kaase and, with government help, could secure it in a permanent enclave for all coffin producers in Asafo and other parts of the metropolis.