Fertilizer problems in Upper West Region eases

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The fertilizer situation in the Upper West Region is gradually easing as input dealers are currently taking stock of fertilizers from open market producers and distributors under the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme, PFJ.

Several weeks ago, it was reported that fertilizer was in short supply in the region.

Speaking to GBC News, the Director of Operations at ‘Antika Farms’ who doubles as an Executive Council Member of the National Seed Trade Association-Ghana, ‘NaSTAG’, Seidu Abdulai Mubarik explained that while a few input dealers in the region have taken stock of Sulphate of Ammonia Fertilizers needed for the second basal application, a lot more would be transported into the region in the coming days.

He said this will eventually address squarely, the problem of fertilizer shortage.

He mentioned that the timing is perfect as most farmers who planted at the onset of the rains are in need of Sulphate of Ammonia.

Meanwhile, Mr Mubarik is worried that farmers who are still planting the 75-day variety of maize could lose all their investments if the rains cease in October.

Mr. Mubarik explained that due to the increased profitability of agriculture and agribusiness, more people have begun investing in the sector.

He called on government, agriculture input importers and producers to scale up their production and imports to meet rising demand.

He said that will be the only way to address the issue of shortage of agriculture inputs during the height of the farming season across the country.

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