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25.06.2008 Business & Finance

GNAFF to establish a fertilizer producing plant

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Accra, June 25, GNA – The Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen (GNAFF) would by the end of the year set up a fertilizer blending plant to enable Ghanaian farmers get access to quality affordable fertilizers.
Actual production of fertilizers would start in January next year, Mr. Charles Kobina Annan, Executive Secretary of the Association told the GNA in
an interview on Wednesday.
He said the move to start producing quality affordable fertilizers for farmers was motivated by the high prices of fertilizers on the Ghanaian market and the poor supply system.
“Fertilizer is the life blood for the development of agriculture but fertilizer in Ghana is more expensive than fertilizers in Europe,” he said.
He said with its large membership base,the Association of Farmers and Fishermen was better positioned as an entity for effective distribution of fertilizers in the country through its numerous branches.
He said the association had developed a programme dubbed: “Rural Agricultural Productivity Infrastructure Development Programme (RAPID) which aimed at modernizing agriculture in Ghana.
Under the RAPID programme the association would create sites where
services would be provided to farmers in the various communities as well as undertaking soil testing and mapping services.
Mr. Annan said GNAFF had already undertaken a survey which sampled fertilizer use in Ghana and had begun a sensitization programme for the over three million members.
He expressed hope that the distribution of fertilizers through a system of direct requisition by farmers and supply to their communities would result
in increased fertilizer use and high agricultural production.
Mr. Annan said GNAFF was also collaborating with Agro-credit Central, a private sector service provider of agricultural credit union to put in place a system that would enable direct payment for the fertilizer by the farmers from their communities.
He expressed GNAFF's willingness to work with other companies already involved in selling fertilizers to farmers.
GNAFF's interest is to help the Ghanaian farmer to be efficient, he said.

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