Fatima Anafu -Astanga
Aug. 22 ,GNA - Farmers in the Upper East and parts of the North East Regions are,
queuing at some registered agrochemical input dealers’ shops in Bolgatanga in search of non- existent
subsidized NPK and urea fertilizer to
Though some of
them are beginning to throw their hands in despair as at Thursday afternoon,
the dealers continued to assure them to continue to wait for consignments of
the NPK and Urea fertilizers they were expecting to cost GH¢35.00 and GH¢37.50
per bag respectively.
was a brisk open market sale of non-subsidized NPK and Urea fertilizer, at a
cost of GH¢100.00 and GH¢120.00 respectively, alongside the heavy queues in the
shops of the input dealers.
according to the dealers were in short supply for over a week in the Upper East
Region and many farmers continued to troop the supply centres to ascertain the
availability of the product.
Some workers at
the Pentasgo Enterprise, dealers of agrochemical products in Bolgatanga, in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency, indicated that they were expecting the
arrival of some subsidized fertilizer soon in the Municipality.
Ennor, the Regional Director of MoFA, commenting on the shortage of subsidized
fertilizer in the area, said government had released a lot of fertilizer and
seeds to the region much earlier and assured the farmers of more supplies yet
smuggling reported in the region, he noted that a lot of interventions were put
in place to ensure that such acts were reduced.
He said, the
region had exceeded its subsidy quota of over 1,000,300 bags of fertilizer that
was received and distributed through the agents already, but more was expected.
He said four
trucks of fertilizer arrived in the Bawku Municipality last Tuesday and that
would help meet the demand of farmers in that area.
He called for
vigilance of all to ensure that the fertilizer went to serve the needs of the
farmers in the Upper East Region.