Subsidize organic fertilizer for farmers – Peasant farmers to Gov’t

The newly-elected National President for the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Wepia Awal Adugwala, has called on the government to subsidize local organic fertilizer supply for farmers in the country.

 

The cost of organic fertilizer is high in the Ghanaian market, as compared to inorganic products.

 

But the scarcity of inorganic fertilizer is pushing farmers to opt for organic fertilizer.

 

Prices of inorganic fertilizer have tripled due to scarcity on the world market. This is taking a negative toll on farmers, particularly subsistence and peasant farmers in Ghana.

 

The government has been subsidizing fertilizer inputs for farmers, but the Ukraine-Russia war has affected supplies to the Ghanaian farmers.

 

The government is encouraging farmers to resort to the use of organic fertilizer farming to avert any possible food crisis.

Mr Adugwala wants the government to consider giving subsidies for access to local organic fertilizers.

 

Many producers of organic fertilizer in the country are struggling to get the necessary support from the government to produce in large quantities.

 

According to the producer capacity to produce on large scale is financially constrained.

 

They are expecting the government to step in and support their production to offer respite to farmers.

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