National Chief Farmer Calls on Government to Ensure Adequate Supply of Fertilizer

National Chairman of the Ghana Coffee Sheanut Farmers Association (National Chief Farmer) Alhaji Alhassan Bukari called on the government to put in place measures to ensure adequate supply of fertilizers this year.

He said Ghana’s governments have played a huge role in the success of the cocoa industry by providing cocoa farmers with fertilizers which over the years have brought in a lot of dollars to the governments’ coffers.

The National Chief Farmer said cocoa has brought a lot of hard currency to Ghana which has enabled the government to provide good roads, schools, hospitals etc.

He said that this year’s cocoa harvest has been poor because the government has not been able to provide enough fertilizer to the farmers and therefore calls on the government to put in place measures to ensure adequate supply. in fertilizer this year.

Alhaji Alhassan Bukari, popularly known as Alhaji Agarta, made the comments when he gave Bole-based Nkilgi Fm an exclusive interview to update farmers on recent activities the Association has undertaken in regards to concerns the cultivation, harvesting and sale of their production of cocoa and shea nuts.

Alhaji Alhassan told the Ghana Cocoa Sheanut Farmers Association year-end meeting that he had invited regional chief growers from all sixteen regions to come together to deliberate on the strategies they will undertake in the new year. 2022.

He revealed that he had already written to the cocoa processing company and OLAM to help the association and regional farmers to celebrate Christmas and that they were privileged to have the support of OLAM and others. stakeholders.

Alhaji Alhassan said that together with the sixteen regional farmers, they successfully visited Ghana’s first cocoa processing factory to learn and get first-hand information on how cocoa is processed into Golden Tree products. like chocolate, Royale and others.

Alhaji Alhassan also advised landowners to refrain from giving their farmlands to Galamsey farmers as it is illegal and against the law.

He said any landowner caught up in such activities will be dealt with in accordance with the laws and customs of Ghana.

On the cultivation of the shea tree for shea nuts, he indicated that for the good work that his association is doing, the government is now willing to partner with shea growers to grow shea in commercial quantities, said therefore made available a shea division at Bole Cocoa research where improved high yielding shea seedlings will be made available to any interested farmer who wishes to venture into shea cultivation.

The National Chief Farmer urged all interested shea growers to register with the Bole Cocobod Cocoa Shea Research Division for easy access to the seedlings when they are ready.

He mentioned the immense benefits of being a shea farmer due to its financial and economic benefits.