The Chamber of Fertiliser, Ghana has expressed profound appreciation on behalf of all Ghanaian farmers to Yara Ghana and its parent company, YARA International for their support to Ghanaian farmers.
It said the show of solidarity with the supply of free quality fertiliser to farmers who patronise their products has greatly helped to reduce the untold hardship facing farmers in the wake of global economic crisis.
In a media release issued in Accra and signed by the CEO of the Chamber, Prince Akoto-Adipah, it said the gesture would also to boost food security, improve livelihoods and promote agricultural sustainability in the country.
“As private sector leading participants in the agriculture industry there couldn’t have been a better time to extend this support to peasant farmers especially in the face of the challenges associated with the government’s agriculture subsidy programme.
“We take this opportunity to encourage all and sundry to embrace this great initiative and ensure that the targeted beneficiaries really receive the full compliments of this windfall from Yara International,” it said.
It said it behoved on stakeholders to ensure that the sector is devoid of all forms of political, ethnicity and religious interferences to enable a successful distribution of the fertiliser.
According to the Chamber, it is a critical time for subsidised fertilisers, seeds and other government interventions.
“We encourage other indigenous leading Ghanaian value chain actors in the agriculture sector to emulate this great gesture by Yara International to reaching out to farmers to ensure food security and sustainability of agriculture in Ghana,” it said.
Yara Ghana has begun the distribution of 18,000 tonnes of high-quality YaraMila Actyva fertiliser worth $20 million to 100,000 smallholder farmers in food growing areas across the country.
The initiative, which is under the "Grow Ghana" initiative is expected to see each farmer receiving 50 kilogrammes of NPK.
The intervention by the company is to provide farmers with free bags of YaraMila Actyva fertiliser to help reduce the average fertiliser cost incurred by smallholder farmers by one-third.
The goal of the programme is to help smallholder farmers to have access to enough but affordable fertiliser to sustain food production to enhance the country's food security.