- Ghana is taking a big step towards organic fertilizers as the global inorganic fertilizer production crisis hits
- The Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa has launched an influential guideline on the production of organic fertilizers
- The guidelines will be a key tool for inspectors and fertilizer analysts who will regulate the quality control of outputs that are distributed to farmers.
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Amid a global crisis in inorganic fertilizer production, Ghana is pushing hard towards large-scale organic fertilizer production for farmers.
Organic fertilizers contain plant or animal matter that is either a by-product or an end product of natural processes, such as animal manure and composted organic matter.
Inorganic fertilizers, dominated by the chemicals nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), have sustained food production for many centuries.
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However, recent sanctions against Russia, bad weather and export cuts have fueled a shortage of inorganic fertilizers worldwide, threatening food security.
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According to a National Geographic report, the inorganic fertilizer crisis is so severe that farmers, fertilizer companies and governments around the world are scrambling to avoid declining crop yields.
In Ghana, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has partnered with the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to launch a revolutionary directive for the production of organic fertilizers.
At an event on Thursday, June 2, 2022, to present the guidelines to farmer associations, fertilizer producers and other stakeholders, AGRA noted that with the current inorganic fertilizer crisis, production and the use of organic fertilizers has increased.
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AGRA’s Regional Director for West Africa, Dr. Lionel Axel Kadja, noted that the organic fertilizer sub-sector in Ghana has been growing steadily for years, prompting the establishment of establishment and operationalization of large-scale production plants in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions.
He also noted that many people have been producing small- and medium-scale organic fertilizers for many years for farmers, although some are unregulated.
He said the new Organic Fertilizer Guidelines “will provide minimum guidelines for the production and distribution of organic fertilizers, outline registration procedures and requirements for an entity to be classified as an organic fertilizer producer, the sampling and testing regime for organic fertilizers, and other supporting guidelines for the sector.
The guidelines, Dr. Kadja pointed out, will be a key tool for fertilizer inspectors and analysts who will regulate the quality control of the output products that are distributed to farmers and ensure balanced and quality products in the Ghanaian market for small farmers to use and export.
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Although there is an overarching law and regulations for the fertilizer sector, they are largely geared towards inorganic fertilizers which make up a large percentage of the fertilizers used in Ghana.
The consultation for the Organic Fertilizer Guidelines was funded by USAID membership and was carried out using a participatory approach and consultations and the document was finalized.
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Meanwhile, in a previous story, YEN.com.gh reported that the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, joined former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at an investment breakfast on Thursday February 3.
The program was organized by the Tony Blair Institute of Ghana (TBIG) as part of efforts to attract more investment into Ghana’s agricultural sector.
According to a report by Class FM, the investment breakfast aimed to provide a common platform for potential investors to take advantage of the networking opportunity and share ideas while exploring various areas of investment in the agricultural sector. .