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Business News of Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Source: GNA

Farmers appeal for subsidized fertilizers

Farmers in Upper-Manya Krobo District have appealed to the government not to stop the supply of subsidized fertilizer to farmers.

According to the farmers, the failure to get the subsidized fertilizers was hampering their food production since most of them could not afford to buy fertilizer at the market price and therefore were not applying it to boost production.

Speaking to the GNA Media Auditing and Tracking of Development Project team which is sponsored by STAR-Ghana during Farmers’ Day celebration, the 2013 District Best Farmer, Mr Moses Kuma-Ayitey, said the lack of the subsidized fertilizer was affecting their production.

He said land in the area, although good for farming, was not fertile as it used to be, so farmers needed to apply fertilizer.

Mr Ayitey said as at last year, the subsidized bag of fertilizer was sold at GH¢ 59.00 whiles this year, the product was sold on the market for prices ranging between GH¢ 80.00 and GH¢ 100.00.

He said many farmers incurred losses and produced below expectation for not applying the right quantities of fertilizer.