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ActionAid urges government to scale up production of organic fertilizers

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ActionAid Ghana, a non-governmental organisation is encouraging farmers to adopt a farming strategy called ‘agro-ecology’. The organisation argued that this system of farming helps improve and sustain the environment “while you get your production against a system that would destroy the environment and does not care about helping the environment.”

ActionAid Ghana is calling on the government to support this farming approach by removing the subsidies on inorganic fertilizers and rather focus on improving the manufacturing, sale and distribution of organic fertilizers.

Mr Ayuba, who is in charge of a four-year climate change adaptation project by the NGO dubbed the Northern Ghana Integrated Development Project (NGIDP) said this when he spoke to the media in Wa; the Upper West Regional capital.

“We are calling on government to move away from subsidising synthetic fertilisers and put those funds into the production of compost or organic fertilizer, so that we will have more infrastructure for the production of compost for our farmers”, he said.

Mr Ayuba continued to say that “the synthetic fertilizers are not sustainable. It is very clear that over the past few years, farmers are struggling because they have not had synthetic fertilizers that come from outside.”

ActionAid Ghana’s call for the use of organic fertilizers is in tandem with calls made by the Vice-Chancellor for the Millar Institute for Transdisciplinary and Development Studies Professor David Millar.

It would be recalled that Professor Millar, speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show also called on government to consider subsidizing organic fertilizers for small and medium-scale farmers. He said rather than the usual subsidies on inorganic fertilizers which affect the composition of the soil, in the long run, government should consider incentivizing farmers to forgo inorganic fertilizers for organic ones.

Professor Millar said as an agriculturist, he finds it unfortunate that successive governments continue to dawdle in the politics of ‘which government has brought in the most inorganic fertilizers”. He said even more worrying is the fact that farmer associations in the country, who should know better, also dabble in the politics of fertilizers.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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