The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has organized a stakeholder forum for local countries to share lessons and issues arising from fertilizer quality control implementation strategies.
The workshop according to AGRA comes at a time when fertilizer value chain is going through many challenges of quality standards that erodes the confidence and trust of farmers.
The forum is also hoped to contribute immensely to help streamline and bring sanity into the fertilizer industry. At the end AGRA hopes the outcome will bring great relief to unsuspecting farmers who have over the years been subjected to sub-standard fertilizer products by fertilizer producers, importers, and sellers across the continent.
AGRA said promoting soil health through various technologies and practices is the key to sustaining and improving agricultural productivity. AGRA is a dynamic partnership working across the African continent to help millions small-scale farmers as their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.
AGRA programmers develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment. AGRA advocates policies that support its work across all key aspects of the African agricultural value chain from seeds, soil, health and water to markets and agricultural education.
The meeting brought together over 50 partners from 13 countries across Africa to Accra to discuss issues relating to quality standards and control in the fertilizer value chain across African countries.
The issue of fertilizer quality and pricing and for that matter replenishing soil health is very important for agra because of our commitment to promote the work of farmers, particularly smallholder farmers.
Through this AGRA hope that the ISFM technologies would help them work with many governments across Africa on fertilizer-related policy issue so as to cushion these smallholder farmers.
According to agra the outcome of the conference should develop pragmatic steps to address the numerous challenges confronting farmers. It also urge stakeholders to play their role responsibly and efficiently to give the millions of smallholders across Africa maximum benefits from their efforts.
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