By Rashid Mbugri, GNA
Nasia (NE/R), July 11, GNA – A non-Governmental organization, OCP Africa in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) on Wednesday re-launched the Agribooster initiative at Nasia in the North East Region to help boost food production in the country.
The Agribooster initiative seeks to innovatively provide farmers with fertilizers, train and build their capacity to increase their yields and incomes.
Farmers, who subscribe to the initiative, will be provided with offers such as access to subsidized fertilizers, seeds and chemicals for crop protection, training on good agricultural practices through extension officers as well as market linkages to sell their produce.
Mr Samuel Oduro-Asare, Country Manager, OCP Ghana, who gave details of the initiative during the relaunch, said OCP Africa was providing subsidized high performance fertilizers for specific crops and soil as well as providing farmers with effective methods of applying the fertilizers for balanced soil fertility and increase crop yields.
Mr Oduro-Asare said OCP Africa as a major producer of Phosphate-based fertilizer, had increased its product distribution and now exported not less than 43 different formulas of fertilizers to meet the specific needs of different crops and soils.
He said the organization shared similar objectives with the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative by supporting in the transformation of agriculture through innovation.
He said for the year 2019, the Agribooster initiative targeted 70,000 farmers as well as intended to distribute 15,000 metric tonnes of fertilizers across the country.
He said OCP also had 24 aggregators across the country to help ensure the distribution of the fertilizers to farmers, as well as train service providers and extension officers to provide good agronomic practices and training to farmers.
Dr Seth Osei-Akoto, Director of Crops at MoFA, commended the OCP Africa for complementing government's efforts to improve the agricultural sector.
Dr Osei-Akoto said government, though faced with existing constraints, was doing its best to create an enabling policy and socio-economic environment to support the agricultural sector thus the implementation of the PFJ.
He appealed to the citizenry and the media to help curb issues of fertilizer smuggling by reporting them to the Ministry to take actions.