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15.07.2009 General News

President Mills Commends David Lamptey

By Daily Graphic
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The President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, has commended a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Korle Klottey Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Mr David Lamptey for introducing new brands of liquid fertilisers to boost agricultural productivity in the country.

He said he was happy with the ingenuity of Mr Lamptey which had culminated in the manufacturing and introduction of the fertilisers which would go a long way to increase the yields of the farming and cocoa industry in the country.

Prof. Mills made the commendation when Mr Lamptey, his wife Gifty, and a delegation of Italian entrepreneurs called on him at the Castle.

He said since agriculture was the cornerstone of the country’s economic development, the boost in agricultural activities through the use of the new liquid fertilisers would go a long way to increase the production of food for sale at reasonable prices.

In addition, he said, a boost in cocoa and farming would offer employment to the teeming people, especially the youth and thereby reduce the rural-urban drift to the barest minimum.

Prof. Mills explained that the importation of food into the county would become a thing of the past since the country would be a net producer of all kinds of staple food.

He was of the view that with the development of the venture by Mr Lamptey, hundreds of Ghanaians would be offered employment to enable them lead decent, dignified and meaningful lives.

President Mills assured Mr Lamptey that the government would do whatever it could to support his venture to expand its activities for the benefit of Ghanaian farmers.

President Mills also praised the entrepreneurial spirit of Mr Lamptey, describing him as a person with a pioneering mentality.

For his part, Mr Lamptey thanked President Mills for granting him and the delegation, audience and said his company would commit itself to addressing the needs of Ghanaian farmers.

He said the company was in the process of opening wholesale branches at strategic locations throughout the country to sell its products.

Eminent agronomists like Messrs K. Ofori Frimpong, A. Oppong Dwapannyin and S. Acquaye of the Cocoa Research Institute at Akyem Tafo at the Ghana Science Association held at Akyem Tafo between August 5-10, 2007 recommended the Sidalco liquid fertiliser for use by cocoa farmers in the country.

According to them, “the advent of Sidalco liquid fertilisers that combines macro and micro-nutrients for use as foliar spray, is therefore a breakthrough to this existing problem”.

“They increased yields between three and ten folds during the four year study. Growth of seedlings treated with Sidalco liquid fertiliser compete favourably with that of the standards Sampi Number three and sometimes even better,” they said.

The agronomists added that Sidalco liquid fertilisers tested enhanced crop growth and yield during the period of trials and no adverse effect on the crop was observed.

They, therefore, recommended Sidalco liquid fertilisers to be used for cocoa cultivation.

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