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Gov’t to subsidize fertilizer for Farmers

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ernest_debrah06.jpgWith effect from Friday July 4, government would subsidize the prices
of the various brands of fertilizer by 40-50 per cent throughout the
country.

The
prices of the popularly used fertilizer such as Urea would be sold at
26 Ghana cedis, Sulphate of Ammonia at 18 Ghana cedis, NPK 15. 15. 15
and NPK 23. 10. 05 would be sold at 26 and 24 Ghana cedis respectively.

Briefing
the press on Wednesday on government’s subsidy on fertilizer Mr Ernest
Debrah, Minister of Food and Agriculture, said this intervention by the
Government was to help cushion the increasing cost of foodstuff in the
country.

This system, he said, would be implemented under
the supervision of the District Directors of Agriculture, Chiefs
Executives of the various Districts and Municipalities and Agricultural
Extension Officers.

He said farmers would be issued with
coupons by Extension Officers which they would be required to produce
before any sales would be made to them by the fertilizer dealers.

“All
coupons received from the sale of fertilizer by dealers shall be
forwarded to the fertilizer companies for submission to government for
payment of the subsidy component of the fertilizer price,” he added.

He
urged all farmers to report any act of corruption by the Agricultural
Extension Officers to either the District or Regional Directors of
Agriculture for the appropriate action to be taken.

Agriculture,
Mr. Debrah noted, remained a strong option for achieving the nation’s
growth and poverty reduction objectives and the Millennium Development
Goal.

The Minister said overcoming poverty and enhancing
food security would require a sharp productivity increase in
smallholder farming combined with more effective support to the
millions coping as subsistence farmers who were mainly village dwellers.

He
mentioned the substitution of cassava flour for wheat flour in bread
and pastry products, supporting large scale cultivation of rice in
northern Ghana and rehabilitation of dams damaged in northern Ghana by
the 2007 floods as measures to improve agriculture.

Source: GNA

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