Yara, a global leader in agro-input production, has launched the Yara Grow Ghana Initiative to support thousands of smallholder farmers in the West African country to boost food production.
Pursuant to the initiative, Yara Ghana earlier this month took delivery of 18,000 metric tonnes of high-quality YaraMila ACTYVA fertiliser at the Ghanaian Port of Tema.
According to company officials, Yara per the initiative is offering smallholder farmers one free bag of ACTYVA fertiliser for every two bags purchased.
More than 100,000 smallholder farmers across the country are targeted to benefit from the Yara Grow Ghana initiative.
Danquah Addo-Yobo, Yara’s Regional Director for West Africa, said “The Grow Ghana initiative brings a market-systems development approach to help productive smallholder farmers build resilience and sustainability.”
“In the process, it will help them contribute to national food production,” he added.
Mr Addo-Yobo insisted that “This initiative has the potential not only to help avert food insecurity across Ghana but also to catalyse a larger, continent-wide commitment to increase food systems resilience, grow food security, and prevent hunger for 60 million people in Africa.”
He explained Yara Ghana has partnered with dozens of agro-input dealers nationwide to deliver on the innovative programme.
The Yara Grow Ghana programme comes at a time when global food production is froth with fertiliser scarcity and skyrocketing prices following supply chain disruptions occasioned by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Ghana’s cocoa sector, for instance, has not been spared the hash impact of fertiliser shortages and high costs.
Cocobod, the sector regulator, has advised farmers to adopt the use of poultry manure as a stopgap measure to prevent negative impact yields.
For Yara Ghana, the Grow Ghana intervention is timely to support the country ameliorate the prevailing global shocks being experienced.
The West Africa Regional Director of Yara maintained that while the programme is to help boost Ghana’s food security it is also “showing leadership by Yara.”
“We are here for the long term and it is important for us to have a significant national impact. I know that Yara is engaged at a high level with institutions on how to support Africa as a whole using the Ghana project as a catalyst,” Danquah Addo-Yobo assured.
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