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Showing posts with label fertiliser. Show all posts
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yara Ghana to serve as African hub in fertilizer distribution

Yara Ghana is to serve as the African regional hub in the manufacture and distribution of mineral fertilizer to farmers across the continent.

With decades of experience on the continent, Yara provides crop nutrition products and unique agronomic knowledge, in addition to investing across the African agricultural value chain.

Company officials from various countries are meeting in Ghana to strategize on Yara’s commitment to African agriculture.

“They want Yara Ghana to be in a position to be able to supply fertilizer to support other countries in Africa where Yara has branches; they want Yara Ghana to supervise the activities of all these countries”, said Henry Otoo Mensah, Retail Sales Manager at Yara Ghana.

According to him, the company is consolidating its support to the development of Africa’s agricultural sector and food production.

Yara, which is the world’s leading mineral fertilizer company, sells fertilizers to about 25 African countries, maintains sales offices in eight, and owns four blending plants.

Since establishing in Ghana in 2007, the company has taken a leadership position in the market and invested to implement a bulk blending fertilizer production facility in Tema.

Yara Ghana has been strengthening the quality and depth of input supply and related services to increase the productivity of Ghanaian farmers.

Mr. Otoo-Mensah tells Luv Biz Report fertilizer use should be increased to meet food production targets.

“We need to produce more [but] land that we have at our disposal is reducing; so within that small space that we have for agricultural purposes, we need to maximize agricultural productivity, that is where fertilizer comes in and Yara has developed its fertilizer to the extent that it’s economical; once you apply it the right way, your yield will increase”, he stated.

Meanwhile, some farmers have complained of insufficient supply of fertilizer to last them the entire crop season.

But Mr. Otoo-Mensah says Yara cannot be blamed because the company only distributes its allocated quota under the government’s Fertilizer Subsidy Program.

“The solution is in the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to increase Yara’s quota to enable us cover the smallscale farmers’ demand”, he opined.

Yara is a key partner to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in developing sustainable agriculture, improving productivity and increasing production.

Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ghana prioritized under African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership



 Ghana is among three priority countries for the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), which is working to increase market competition and sustainability in the fertilizer value chain.

The Partnership is an independent non-profit innovation created by African development organizations to build on the work of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a framework for achieving ambitious agricultural development goals set by African nations.

The fertilizer industries in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania are presently receiving a $25 million support from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to establish regional fertilizer and agribusiness development units.

AFAP Vice President, Prof. Richard Mlomboji Mkandawire, says the partnership is an innovative intervention that will promote the fertilizer market across Africa.

“For Ghana obviously we’d like to see increased support to establishment of agro dealer networks; networks that can genuinely emerge as business entities that can grow to become importers of fertilizer” he noted.

AFAP has set the goal of increasing the number of fertilizer users by 15 percent and at least double total fertilizer use in the countries where it works.

Among the CAADP priorities is a call for increased use of agricultural inputs, including fertilizer.

However, the implementation of fertilizer subsidy programmes by most African countries has being politically tainted to the disadvantage of poor smallholder farmer.

Prof. Mkandawire noted that “governments will need to continue with subsidies but these must be smart subsidies; subsidies that are well focused and targeted at those who need fertilizer most, not those who are well-off high- jacking the fertilizer subsidy”.

AFAP sees its work as a contribution to CAADP’s aim of bolstering fertilizer markets and engaging the private sector in realizing goals set by African leaders.
Private agribusinesses are offered incentives, initiatives and capability to support farmers to source and use fertilizer.
 
“For the past few years, we have had a vision of uniting the public and private sectors to benefit African smallholder farmers. With AFAP now up and running, we have started on the work of bolstering the fertilizer marketplace in Africa and encouraging consistent and responsible fertilizer use so smallholder farmers can grow food and profits”, stated AFAP President and CEO, Jason Scarpone.

The AFAP was launched on the sidelines of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2012) in Arusha, Tanzania.

Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh/ in Arusha, Tanzania

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