With so many farmers in the country facing challenges of fertilizer application in their farming activities, OCP AFRICA-Ghana is piloting school labs in selected parts of the country to address specific difficulties faced by farmers like testing of soil fertility, as well as more general issues like fertilizer use which affected farmers have discussed in the past.
Now, to facilitate efforts towards addressing these challenges, OCP Africa-Ghana, a fertilizer producing and selling company is piloting a series of school labs which will be ready to take on training and educating farmers on how to test soil fertility and recommend suitable fertilizers for them.
The school lab will take a uniformed approach to educate the beneficiaries in a systemic approach towards addressing one of the critical tasks confronting Ghanaian farmers which is fertilizer use.
The project was launched in Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo district of the Eastern region.
Mr. Samuel Oduro Asare – Country Director for OCP Ghana said OCP is committed to reverse the old-standing style of farming to increase yield.
“OCP Ghana is poised to reverse the old trends of farming which has contributed to low yields and influenced the large importation of food items like rice, vegetables among others,” he said.
He also attributed challenges faced by farmers to what he called “their low knowledge on technological farming” and said they were scheming new innovative to address the challenges.
“Most of the challenges faced by the farmers are attributable to their low knowledge on technological farming and we are therefore designing projects and activities to help address some of these challenges,” he stressed.
Mr. Oduro lauded Ghanaian farmers for their “hard work and highly motivated spirit in feeding mother Ghana.”
He disclosed that the OCP School Lab which is a mobile laboratory is the first in a series of several projects that OCP Ghana will be rolling out, adding that the unique project will take keen interest in educating farmers in different communities.
“OCP Ghana will be rolling out several projects but the first of its kind is the OCP School Lab which is a mobile laboratory that will be moving from community to community, training farmers on good agricultural practices as well as conducting soil analysis for the field,” he disclosed.
The OCP-Ghana country Director underscored the aim of creating the school lab which he said is to help farmers identify their soil fertility status to enable them make informed decisions when it comes to their soil nutrient needs which will go a long way in helping them increase their yield and income.
The pilot project, he added is targeting 20 communities in the Yilo Krobo and Upper Manya Krobo districts which they hope to extend to other parts of the country.
He emphasized that OCP Ghana is not only in Ghana to sell fertilizers but also develop the agricultural sector in Ghana and for that reason partner the Ministry Of Food And Agriculture, MOFA on the implementation of the OCP school lab.
The launch was graced by dignitaries of high-profile which included: Deputy Eastern Regional Minister-Joseph Tetteh; DCE for Upper Manya- Hon. Felix Odjao; MCE for Yilo- Hon Ebenezer Tetteh Kupualor; Eastern Regional Director of Agriculture, Mr. Samuel Oduro Asare; District Agric Directors, staffs of OCP Ghana, farmers, processors, and consumers among others.
Background of OCP Group
OCP Group has its routes in Morocco and the leader in the global phosphate industry, and a leading global fertilizer player.
OCP Africa was formed to focus on African agriculture, to get closer to the farmers, find their needs and design programs that will address their challenges.
It is also to support African agriculture by making fertilizers easily accessible and affordable to farmers.
OCP Africa has sales offices/subsidiaries in ten African countries including Ghana.
Source: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org/[email protected]
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