Yara Ghana, a leading crops nutrition provider, says it is committed to engaging the various tertiary institutions in country to sustain the interests of students in the agriculture sector.
The Managing Director of the company, Sergio Godoy said they have intensified efforts to help increase the number of agronomies in the country by targeting students pursuing agric-related courses to explain the prospects in the sector to them.
“We recently had a programme at the KNUST and it was very positive because the students showed keen interests in our engagement with them,” said Mr. Godoy at a breakfast meeting with some selected editors in Accra on Tuesday.
He said Yara, since opening its Ghana branch, has also been working in close collaboration with local research institutions like Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) and Oil Palm Research Institute (OPRI) and other international development agencies to boost agriculture, saying “combining knowledge with local results is vital for the agric sector.”
Mr. Godoy said that since 2007, Yara Ghana has been importing and supplying high quality products for cereal and cocoa farmers, among others, adding that “Yara Ghana has grown to become a market leader in fertilizers in the country.”
He said that Yara Ghana has prioritized technical support for farmers under its Yara Crop Nutrition Concept and was focusing on what he called “crop knowledge, portfolio combination and application competence in order to help farmers to optimize profitability in a sustainable manner.”
The Managing Director said the company now has over 10 sale agronomists covering the different zones in the country.
He said the company was supporting what he called “strong sales and distributorship network while providing agricultural extension support for farmers in respective catchment areas based on our crop nutrition approach.
“Yara Ghana is committed to being the leading provider of sustainable crop nutrition solutions, supporting farmer profitability through knowledge, quality and productivity while minimizing the impact on the environment,” he added.
By William Yaw Owusu