The Chairman of the National Farmers and Fishers Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG), Mr Davies Narh Korboe, has commended the government for responding positively to the call of farmers to restore the National Fertiliser Subsidy Programme.
He further urged farmers to patronise the fertiliser in order to improve upon their yields as the rainy season has just started in the north.
Mr Korboe said this during a working visit to some fertiliser warehouses belonging to Chemico Limited, one of the companies awarded a contract to produce and distribute fertilisers to farmers, at Ejisu and Tamale.
Fertiliser Subsidy Programme
He also held a meeting with the regional distributors of fertiliser at the Seseko Agro Chemicals Company Limited, where they confirmed that they have stocks of Chemico fertilisers for distribution under the National Fertiliser Subsidy Programme.
The National Fertiliser Subsidy Programme is a policy intervention introduced by government to enhance food production and food security in the country.
Mr Korboe, who is also the 2009 National Best Farmer also extended the association’s gratitude to the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board, Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, for his initiative of free distribution of fertilisers and fresh cocoa seedlings to farmers in order to improve yields and also replace ageing trees.
He entreated all farmers to join the association in order to make it stronger and viable.
Programme still on course
In a related development, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr Fiifi Kwetey, has assured farmers that the government’s fertiliser subsidy programme was still on course even though the programme experienced some few hitches this year.
Mr Kwetey gave the assurance when he paid a working visit to the Tema office of Chemico Limited.
He commended Chemico for supporting the agriculture sector and encouraged it to continue employing the youth as the agriculture sector expands.
Mr Kwadwo Kanabiri Donkoh, the Chief Executive Officer of Chemico Limited, said the company is a one stop place for the production of agricultural implements.
He said his outfit believes in the green revolution and was determined to invest in the production of fertiliser under the subsidy programme.
Mr Donkoh gave an assurance that there was enough fertiliser in the company’s warehouse at Kumasi to be distributed to farmers.