A Ghanaian company has introduced a new organic liquid fertiliser onto the local market to help farmers increase their crop yields and incomes.
Manufactured in Switzerland, the Begreen-F fertiliser is produced from organically grown plants to provide nutrients for faster and healthy plant growth.
It was introduced through its African representative, Eco Index Agro Solutions Limited, which is a subsidiary of Strategic Security Systems Group Limited.
Although the product has been in the country for the past three years, it was launched in Kumasi last Wednesday to provide an opportunity for more farmer groups to increase their productivity.
Promoters of the product said the organic fertiliser would promote food safety, increase yield and enhance general agricultural productivity in Ghana.
At the launch, the Chairman of Strategic Security Systems Group Limited, Dr Francis Akuamoah Boateng, said the introduction of the product was to discourage the use of chemicals which were injurious to human health.
"To be honest with you, the future of farming is organic and the reliance of organic fertiliser," said.
Dr Boateng said he got to know of the fertiliser through a friend in Vietnam while on a business trip and followed it up to the manufacturer in Switzerland to strike the deal.
A scientist and the Managing Director of Eco Index Agro Solutions Limited, Dr Emmanuel Moses, said the livelihoods of farmers were deteriorating because of the chemicals they inhaled which needed to be discouraged.
"This is purely natural and friendly to humans and I think it's the way to go to reduce our poison intake," he said.
The new organic fertiliser, he said, increased the number of buds, flowers and fruits, hence the yields.
Dr Moses said nutrients in Begreen-F caused considerable increase in the numbers of cell and cell walls, producing cellulose, which influenced the taste of the crop.