Importers of Organic Fertilizers in Ghana Urged to Look for Local Alternatives

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As the war between Russia and Ukraine disrupts the supply of fertilizers to Ghana and other parts of the world, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has called on importers of organic fertilizers to consider source their raw materials in Ghana.

According to the ministry, the current demand for organic fertilizers stands at 30,000 metric tons, which is much lower than the demand for inorganic fertilizers, which stands at 600,000 metric tons.

Speaking after visiting the Accra Compost Recycling Plant, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto expressed the government’s commitment to support all efforts to produce more organic fertilizers in the country.

“We call on certain players we have met who import organic fertilizers. We told them that the policy was to encourage their partners abroad to come and settle here to use local organic matter as an input. Because we have a lot. We have in the savannah belt, the forest belt, the center and the south of the country, a whole bunch of materials that can be used as inputs.

“And the government is committed to ensuring that the right structures are in place to support the use of organic fertilisers. We have to look within ourselves to replace the shortage we are experiencing, and the answer is organic fertilizer,” he added.

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