By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA
Tumu (U/W), Aug.
31, GNA – Mr Alaska B. Kantong, one of the 37 government approved fertilizer
importers under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme, has called for
increased allocation of the product to enable him sufficiently serve the
Mr Kantong, who
is the only approved importer in the whole of Upper West and Upper East
regions, said the 2,000 tons allocation this year did a lot of good to the
farmers in the area but was not sufficient to adequately serve all the farmers.
Mr Kantong, who
was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Tumu in the Sissala East Municipality
of the Upper West Region, said with his over 21-year experience in the
fertilizer business, he was sure that about 20,000 tones would be sufficient to
adequately serve the numerous farmers.
appealed to the Crops Director and the Minister of Food and Agriculture to
consider his appeal by increasing his allocation to the 20,000 tones to enable
him fully serve farmers in the area who are known for their high maize crop
Executive Officer of Alaska B. Kantong Company Limited also lauded the Ministry
for not only selecting the importers but also customising the PFJ fertilizer in
the name of the various companies.
This, he said,
would help farmers know exactly where to look for the product as well as check
the widespread smuggling issues, hinting that as an importer he would prioritize
due diligence in order to ensure that the fertilizer was issued to only the
appealed to the farmers to help him fight the smugglers by being vigilant and
reporting any suspicious moves by any individual to the security agencies for
the necessary action.