Yara Ghana supports women farmers with fertilizers

Accra, Oct. 24, GNA – Yara Ghana Limited, a
leading name in the fertilizer industry in Ghana, has donated quantities of
fertilizer products to two women farmer groups in the country.

The donation forms part of the Yara Group
CEO’s gift to women farmers in Africa, which is an annual donation made by the
CEO of Yara International to women farmers in Africa.

The donation was to provide a complete crop
nutrition solution for maize to cover an acre each for a season to 600 women
farmers in total (300 women farmers from each group).

The fertilizers donated comprise the YaraMila
Actyva and YaraBela Sulfan, which provides high yields on cereals.

For this year’s donation, the various
countries within the Yara Business Unit Africa were invited to submit proposals
based on the work they have done with women farmers in their respective
countries.

The work done with these two women farmer
groups by the Yara Ghana team impressed the panel that awarded the donation to
Ghana.

The two groups to whom the donations were made
are the St. Cecilia Women’s Cooperative and Development Action Association
(DAA).

The St Cecilia Women’s Cooperative in Tuna in
the Northern Region is made up of over 700 women farmers out of which a substantial
number of them are widows. The group was formed about a decade ago to support
women farmers to gain access to agricultural extension training, affordable and
quality inputs to increase their farm productivity.

The other beneficiary group, Development
Action Association (DAA), with 98 per cent of its members being rural women, is
an association of farmers and fish processors operating in Greater Accra,
Central, Volta and Eastern regions with the objective of reducing poverty and
empowering group members to be self-reliant and to participate fully in their
own development.

The DAA is a women farmer group, which came
out of FAO project done over 20 years ago named, “Freedom from hunger campaign
action for development”. The group currently has a membership of 3,000 which
comprise of fish processors, vegetable farmers, livestock producers, maize and
rice farmers and cassava processors from Eastern, Greater Accra, Central and
Volta regions.

At a ceremony to present the fertilizers to
the DAA at Timber Nkwanta in the Akuapem North Municipality of the Eastern
Region, Mr Danquah Addo-Yobo, the Managing Director of Yara Ghana, said the aim
of the presentation was to support the women farmers to increase their yields
and improve on their farming business.

“Apart from the fertilizer donation, Yara
Ghana shall continue its work with these women farmers in training and
sensitisation of members on best agronomic farming practices to ensure that the
right application and right farming practices are adopted to deliver high
yields,” he added.

He said since women are critical in building
and sustaining homes, it is hoped that this gesture will also extend to support
various households.

Mr Henry Crentsil Junior, the Eastern Regional
Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), who was present at the
function commended women farmers for their contribution to the agricultural
sector.

Receiving the items on behalf of the DAA,
Madam Lydia Sasu, the Executive Director, expressed the group’s appreciation to
Yara Ghana for the donation adding that it was going to go a long way to boost
their productivity and increase their yields.

GNA

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