Gideon D. Ebbah, GNA
Oct. 18, GNA – Sidalco Limited, an agro-business firm in Ghana has introduced a
new granular fertilizer with the capacity to boost high yields in cocoa farms.
With the brand name
‘Eso Dosoo’ to wit ‘Plenty Yield’, the agro-product is said to have the ability
to boost cocoa bean production from three bags to 20, which translates into
about 67 per cent increase, when applied together with good agronomic
To ensure its
effective usage and avoid abusage, SIDALCO, the producers, held a farmers’
durbar at Brofoyedru, a farming community in the Adansi Asokwa District of
Ashanti to give a practical demonstration of its application to the farmers.
The farmers were
also sensitized on the possible interactions and risks when the fertilizer is
being applied concurrently with other agro-chemicals on the farms.
Mr Daniel Attivor,
General Manager of Sidalco Limited, said the ‘Eso Dosoo’, had all the necessary
nutrients to help boost increased yield of cocoa in a sustainable way.
He said the
fertilizer owes its high yield boosting capacity to its enhancement with trace
elements of chemicals like Boron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, in the addition to
the usual composition of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK).
Mr Attivor said when
the fertilizer is applied to the soil, it facilitates the release of the
nutrients in the soil slowly for utilization by the plants adding that this
guarantees sustainability of the soil’s nutrient for posterity.
He urged the farmers
to always seek guidance and directions on the fertilizer and other
agro-product’s usage in order to attain needed results without abuse.
The General Manager
said the introduction of the agro-product in the cocoa value chain this year,
was strategic to contribute to the achievement of the one million tonnes of
cocoa beans, targeted by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) this year.
“In view of this,
the ‘Eso Dosoo’, is being distributed for sale to farmers solely through
COCOBOD, while arrangements are underway to commercialize the product on the
local market ensuring that fake ones are avoided”, the General Manager noted.
Mr Dennis Owusu
Boateng, the Brofoyedru Cocoa District Officer of the Cocoa Health and
Extension Division (CHED) of COCOBOD, advised the farmers always apply the
right dosage of agrochemicals and fertilizers as directed by their extension
This, he said, would
guarantee the quality and premium of the Ghanaian cocoa beans on the