Asogli State to establish fertilizer plant at Ho
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) has begun feasibility studies for the establishment of a fertilizer blending plant by the Asogli State in Ho.
The Asogli Fertilizer Blending Plant is to help revive farming in the Volta Region and provide timely and affordable fertilizer to farmers in Volta, Eastern, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions.
Mr Isaac Kwadwo Asare, Country Manager, AFAP, while briefing journalists in Ho, said the Plant blends different types of fertilizer for specific soil and crop types for greater yield.
He said his outfit had done data assessment and was ready to have the first blending plant close to the farming communities.
Mr Asare said the project includes regular and vigorous education on fertilizer use and the creation of market for farm produce of clients of the Asogli Fertilizer Company Limited.
He said the project, scheduled to start next year, would provide more than 2,000 direct and indirect employment in the Volta Region.
Mr Theophilus Zotorglo, in charge of Fertilizer Registration, Plant Protection and Regulatory Services, Department of Agriculture in the Volta Region, said currently farmers in the region use generic fertilizer, which increases soil acidity and affects yields and welcomed the project.
Mr Francis Seglah, in charge of the Government Fertilizer Subsidy Programme, Department of Agriculture, said fertilizer usage in the Region is very low and that averagely, usage was around 30 kilogrammes per hectare and blamed the situation on cost of fertilizer.