Some Fertilizer dealers in Tumu have lauded the recent operational modalities the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has initiated to ensure efficiency and value for money and to minimize smuggling in the distribution of fertilizers to beneficiary farmers under the Planting of Food and Jobs Campaign launched in 2017.
Some of the modalities brought on board are contained in a press conference addressed by the sector minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie where it said, All fertilizers and seeds will be bagged with PFJ labels, Fertilizer to be sold in the three northern regions will be bagged in only 25 Kg bags, fertilizer to be sold in the southern sector will be bagged in 50 Kg bags and many more. It further added the price of seeds of other cereals as captured: “Approved Selling prices for fertilizers in 2019 as
• NPK (All types) – GH¢75 per 50KG bag
• Urea – GH¢70 per 50KG bag
• Granular – GH¢45 per 25KG bag
• Compost – GH¢20 per 50 KG bag
• Liquid – GH¢19 per litre
• Maize (OPV) – GH¢2 per KG
• Maize (Hybrid) – GH¢3 per KG
• Rice – GH¢2 per KG
• Soybean – GH¢3 per KG
• Sorghum – GH¢2 per KG
• Groundnut – GH¢2 per KG
• Cowpea – GH¢3 per KG
However, Mr. Alhaji Modab a fertilizer distributor and businessman has commended the move as a good one but is cautioning that, though its a good move,it may not end smuggling completely as he urged government to take responsibility to ensure proper security measures are adequately put in place.
He said last year fertilizer distributors in Tumu were somehow blamed f as people who played role in smuggling fertilizer to neighboring Burkina Faso which he argued as not true but rather, he expressed that the failure of the politicians to get the products into the area noted for farming instead of smuggling caused the late release of fertilizer which he says affected yields.
Alhaji Modab appealed to the ministry to bring fertilizer to the area early for farmers to purchase before the farming season commences by May to June 2019.