OCP Africa Relaunches Agribooster Initiative

Samuel Oduro-Asare, MD, OCP Africa

OCP AFRICA, a subsidiary of the OCP Group,
a leading global producer of phosphate and its derivatives, with almost 100
years of experience, has re-launched its ‘Agribooster Offer’ at Nasia in the
North East Region.

The re-launch aims to empower smallholder
farmers to improve their food production skills.

Country Manager of OCP Africa Ghana, Samuel
Oduro-Asare, said, “OCP Africa introduced this ‘Agribooster Offer’ to support
farmers to have access to training of good agricultural practices, finance,
markets and high-quality inputs. This combined offer will enable farmers to
move beyond subsistence farming.”

“The projected outcome for the 2019 project is
to increase farm yield from 20% to 40% of the 70,000 farmers reached. The
project is expected to include 30-40% of women as well as 20-30% of young
farmers,” he added.

Director of Crops, Mr. Seth Osei-Akoto, said he
was very excited that this OCP Africa programme is aligned with the government’s
Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme to empower farmers with knowledge
and skills to maximize the benefits of the usage of the subsidized planting
materials and other inputs.

According to the Director of Crops, like the
Agribooster Offer, the PFJ would also improve the marketability of the
increased production of food crops by establishing strong linkage between
producers, private aggregators, public food programmes and private food and
feed enterprises.

He thanked OCP Africa for this unique
initiative and encouraged all farmers to embrace this offer and enhance their
knowledge and skills to increase their yield, revenue and improve their
well-being.

OCP Africa first launched the ‘Agribooster Offer’
in 2018, reaching ten thousand (10,000) maize and rice farmers in Volta,
Northern and Upper West regions. A 30-40% yield increase has been achieved for
this first edition.

The ‘Agribooster Offer’ is an innovative
farmer-centered market development model that brings together different
stakeholders of the agriculture value chain to provide the best conditions
allowing farmers to increase their yield, incomes and livelihood.

The 2019 edition of Agribooster will be
implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the Upper
West, Upper East, North East, Bono East and Bono regions, aiming to reach
70,000 smallholder farmers cultivating maize, rice and soybeans.

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