Yara Ghana Limited, a leading name in fertilizers in Ghana has won the agro-input of the year at the maiden Ghana Cocoa Awards held in Accra recently.
The company's input package for cocoa which is the Asaase Wura and YaraLiva Nitrabor were shortlisted among other cocoa fertilizer inputs for the category and came out tops at the event.
Managing Director of Yara Ghana Limited, Mr. Danquah Addo-Yobo who received the award said that Yara Ghana is pleased with the recognition given it and is encouraged to continue with its support for the cocoa sector.
He indicated that Yara Ghana has played a pioneering role in the fertilizer input sector of Ghana's cocoa industry with the introduction of Asaase Wura cocoa fertilizer in 2005.
This venture involved a huge investment into otherwise uncharted territory in the cocoa sector by then, showing Yara Ghana's commitment and belief in growing the industry in Ghana.
The introduction of the Asaase Wura cocoa fertilizer helped improve cocoa farmers’ yields and profits quite significantly.
“Results from several demonstration farms across cocoa growing areas have shown that Asaase Wura and Nitrabor package has consistently shown an average percentage yield increase of 50% for the plots that had Asaase Wura and Nitrabor applied compared to the traditional farmer practice plots,” the Managing Director intimated.
He further stated that Yara's success and significance to the cocoa farming community can also be traced to the fact that under the direction of its network of agronomists, it has initiated and undertaken several programmes to enable cocoa farmers achieve the best results.
These have included capacity building for farmers and agro-dealers focusing on the Yara Crop Nutrition concept which focuses on the right application of fertilizers: right nutrients, right time and right place and right rate.
“Along with our distribution and retail partners, Yara also organizes Crop Clinics and training programmes and reaches thousands of cocoa farmers every year through the Healthier Cocoa Campaigns. Thousands of farmers have been trained over the past years under this programme” he added
Mr. Addo-Yobo further took the opportunity to acknowledge the collaboration and support of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) regarding trials on Asaase Wura and Nitrabor and the Ghana Cocoa Board and reiterated that Yara Ghana will continue to support the Ghana Cocoa Board in its drive to improve the sector.
The Ghana Cocoa Awards which is an initiative of VC Media limited recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements in the Ghana cocoa value chain with this being the maiden edition.
The finalists were drawn from a total of 161 entries filed by individuals, companies, and institutions operating within the Ghana cocoa value chain.
Over 30 awards were up for grabs in various categories including Agro Input, Processing, Haulage, Manufacturing, Packaging and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Media, Consumption promotion, Sustainability, and Leadership.