Enhance for natural fertiliser manufacturing as Agric Ministry presents assist to native corporations

Agric Minister, Dr. Afriyie Akoto

As a part of efforts to deal with the scarcity of agro-chemicals, the Ministry of Meals and Agriculture (MoFA) has introduced that authorities is proactively working with native fertiliser producers to supply high quality natural fertiliser on a big scale for farmers throughout the nation.

In line with the sector minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, natural agriculture has taken an enormous premium on the worldwide market – including that the mass manufacturing of high quality natural fertiliser will make Ghana much less depending on inorganic fertiliser.

Dr. Afriyie Akoto was briefing journalists following a stakeholder assembly with native fertiliser producers on the manufacturing and promotion of high quality natural fertilisers domestically in Accra on Tuesday, Might 24, 2022.

He attributed the ‘acute scarcity’ of agro-chemicals usually, and fertilisers particularly, to the warfare between Russia and Ukraine, amid the worldwide sanctions on Russia.

These developments, he mentioned, are breaking the provision chain of fertiliser and making world buying and selling very tough – to which Ghana is not any exception.

“In a catastrophic scenario, you have got to have the ability to adapt and are available out stronger. So we really feel that we have to encourage the manufacturing of high quality natural fertiliser domestically,” he averred.

He famous that from January to Might this 12 months there was a pointy drop within the quantity of fertiliser distributed to farmers on this nation, and lamented that “this was nothing to put in writing house about”.

Nonetheless, Dr. Afriyie Akoto believes that within the view of the problem above a major quantity of natural fertiliser manufacturing is feasible within the nation.

“We can have shut collaborations with native producers of natural fertilisers to see how we will maximise your companies to assist us bridge the fertiliser hole – if not utterly, at the least we’ll make an effort to supply the next share of fertiliser requirement,” he assured.

He urged native natural fertiliser producers to avail themselves of the alternatives offered by authorities to spice up manufacturing and meet the fertiliser wants of the farming inhabitants.

“We’re ready to work with you with our extension officers. We’ve got the capability in educating the farmers on how one can undertake and apply this natural fertiliser. And given the chance on the market, I consider you’ll be able to provide extra,” he mentioned confidently.

He additionally inspired the native producers to persuade their international companions to come back and arrange fertiliser crops within the nation.

Moreover, Dr. Afriyie Akoto indicated that Ghana abounds with a great deal of uncooked supplies for fertiliser manufacturing, which embody rubbish and fauna.

He applauded the efforts of, notably, Zoomlion Ghana Restricted for investing vastly in utilizing waste to supply natural fertiliser.

The demand for fertiliser in Ghana, he mentioned, is about 600,000 metric tonnes.

“And up to now this 12 months, we haven’t even performed 100,000 metric tonnes so we’re method, method off,” he bemoaned.

“…We’re actively looking for options to make sure that farmers are provided with the best fertiliser,” he mentioned.

In line with the minister, the essence of Planting for Meals and Jobs (PFJ) is mainly to develop farm productiveness, particularly of smallholder farms.

“And I consider we’ve got been very profitable with this programme within the final 5 years that I’ve been in control of the ministry, by targetting fertiliser and improved seeds for distribution to farmers,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the Russia-Ukraine warfare that has sundered the worldwide provide chain of fertiliser is “severely proscribing” the PFJ programme and depriving extra farmers of the advantage of trendy know-how for seeds and fertiliser.

He mentioned for the final three-four years his outfit has had a “good extension service”, including that this has led to a excessive subsidy on fertiliser by authorities.

“On the peak of 2020, we had 1.6 million farmers on the programme – which is lower than half of our farming inhabitants in Ghana. Nevertheless it has had an affect despite all of the makes an attempt by our adversaries to place a dent within the achievements this authorities has made in agriculture,” he mentioned.

The Managing Director of Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP), Michael Padi Tuwor – who was current and spoke to the media on the sidelines of the assembly, described the engagement with the minister as “very fruitful”.

He indicated that as an investor he now has a transparent understanding of the market, calling for extra of such stakeholder engagements with MoFA.

Responding to the query of whether or not there’s unhealthy competitors amongst the trade gamers, he mentioned: “We should at all times count on competitors, and it have to be a wholesome one for the widespread good of the nation”.

Once more, on the difficulty of faux merchandise in the marketplace Mr. Tuwor recommended that there needs to be a baseline or commonplace that merchandise have to be required to satisfy earlier than being despatched onto the market.

“When that is performed, it’s going to assist verify imitation or pretend merchandise in the marketplace,” he suggested.

To this finish, he inspired stakeholders within the trade to work collectively on producing to satisfy the nationwide fertiliser requirement of 600,000 metric tonnes.

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