By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA
Sept. 13, GNA – Rice farmers in Losse and surrounding communities in the Wa West
District of the Upper West Region have been introduced to urea super granules
fertilizer application technology for improved yields.
The urea deep
placement technology, which is to replace the broadcast method of fertilizer
application, will ensure efficiency of nitrogen fertilization, reduction in
rate of urea fertilizer applied, increase in rice production by at least 15-20
per cent and an increase of at least one metric tonne of paddy rice per
At a farmer’s
field day at Losse, Mr Hudu Abu, the Upper West Regional Crops Officer of the
Department of Agriculture, noted that the efficient use of urea super granules
fertilizer would also ensure reduction in weed infestation and production cost,
and an increase in incomes and gross levels.
is under the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) Project; a five-year
project being implemented by the Regional Department of Agriculture with
support from the Canadian Government.
In line with
this, the Regional Crops Unit established crop demonstration sites at Losse in
the Wa West District, Gudayiri in the Wa East District, Sing in the Wa
Municipality, and Goli in the Nadowli-Kaleo District.
demonstrations are centred on the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices
(GAPs) in rice production.
Mr Abu said
farmers had often seen urea fertilizer as complicated, hence the need to
introduce them to a new technology that converted it into what was termed “urea
super granules” to help farmers to conveniently apply it deep into the soil for
the rice plants to derive the maximum benefit.
Crops Officer noted that the application of fertilizer, through the broadcast
methods, reduced the nitrogen efficiency of the fertilizer, thereby reducing
the yield rate of rice.
He urged the
farmers to endeavour to disseminate knowledge on the technology to other
farmers to enable them to also benefit.
Mr Insah Kofi,
a farmer from Piisi, commended the Department of Agriculture and the Canadian
Government for the Project, and said it had helped improve their yields, giving
them improved income levels to cater for their children’s education.