To help bridge the shortage of fertilizer in the country caused by the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, local organic fertilizer producers have come together to form an association to scale up the production of fertilizers to complement the government’s efforts.
Members of the new association-Organic Fertilizer Producers Association of Ghana (OFPAG) will put resources together to produce enough fertilizers to supply the country and cushion farmers.
The move was being championed by the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC). Speaking at its maiden meeting in Accra, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Executive Chairman of JGC, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, underscored the need for local producers of organic fertilizers to collaborate and work with a sense of urgency to address the current problem, especially in the wake of the global fertilizer shortage.
He explained that the coming together of organic fertilizer producers will facilitate ideas sharing and allow them the space to produce adequate quality fertilizers to augment the supply needs of the country.
The Deputy Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge of Organisational Development (CIKOD), Daniel Bannoka pointed out that the Russia-Ukraine war had exposed the vulnerabilities in Ghana’s agriculture as he said, was being manifested in the high agricultural inputs which were contributing to high food prices across the country.
The Assistant Director in Charge of Food Crops at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), George Prah encouraged the members to build up their capacities to be able to produce enough fertilizers to feed the nation.