AGRA, MOFA intensify help for natural fertiliser as meals insecurity fears develop

File Picture: The has been a scarcity of inorganic fertiliser as a result of Russia-Ukraine disaster

In a bid to spice up the Ghanaian agricultural manufacturing amid fears of impending meals insecurity because of international fertiliser scarcity on account of the Russia—Ukraine battle, the Alliance for a Inexperienced Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is intensifying its help to the native natural fertiliser trade by introducing a set of tips to remodel, not solely the output market, however the entire agriculture and meals sector.

Ghana’s natural fertiliser sub-sector has been rising prior to now few years with the establishing and operationalisation of large-scale manufacturing vegetation within the Larger Accra and Ashanti Areas.

As well as, many people have been producing natural fertilisers on a small to medium-scale for a few years to farmers though some are unregulated.

With the present inorganic fertiliser disaster, the manufacturing and use of natural fertilizer are on the rise.

Though there may be an overarching regulation and laws for the fertiliser sector, it’s largely skewed towards the inorganic fertilisers which type a big proportion of the fertilisers utilized in Ghana, therefore, it’s crucial that some tips are developed for the budding natural fertiliser sector.

Talking at a ceremony to handover and create consciousness on the rules in Accra, Dr. Lionel Axel Kadja, Regional Head for West Africa, AGRA, stated it is going to present the minimal guidelines for the manufacturing and distribution of natural fertilisers, point out the registration procedures and necessities for an entity to be categorised as an natural fertiliser producer, the sampling and testing regime of natural fertilisers, and different ancillary tips for the sector.

“These tips shall be a key device for fertiliser inspectors and analysts who will regulate high quality management of output merchandise which might be distributed to farmers, and can assure balanced and high quality merchandise within the Ghanaian marketplace for smallholder farmers’ use and for export,” he acknowledged.

Want to extend top-quality agricultural enter uptake

Addressing the necessity for the rise in high quality agricultural enter uptake at farmer and trade ranges, Dr. Kadja defined that the West African Agricultural sector is ripe for an elevated uptake of fertilisers.

“Fertiliser use in West Africa stays the bottom globally with a median beneath 20kg/ha. With the vitamins depletion at the moment noticed, it is a important issue to contemplate if we’re to extend yields and thereby output, and cut back import payments of a sure variety of key commodities,” he acknowledged.

The Director of Plant Safety and Regulatory Companies Directorate (PPRSD) on the Ministry of Meals and Agriculture (MOFA), Eric Bentsil Quaye, stated the present world disaster on mineral fertilisers caused a renewed curiosity within the manufacturing and use of natural fertilisers within the nation, changing into crucial, subsequently, for a tenet to be developed to enrich the Fertilizer Act and Laws for the fertiliser sector which has been largely skewed towards the inorganic fertilisers, which kinds a big proportion of the fertilisers utilized in Ghana.

“It’s towards this background that the Plant Safety and Regulatory Companies Directorate (PPRSD) of the MOFA, because the nationwide regulator of fertilisers, requested the help of Alliance for Inexperienced Revolution in Africa (AGRA), with USAID as sponsors, to develop the Natural Fertiliser Pointers for Ghana,” he acknowledged.

“The rule covers procedures for establishing natural fertiliser manufacturing services registration procedures for natural fertilisers, sampling, bodily and chemical check strategies, and administration of waste at natural fertiliser manufacturing services,” he added.

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