Smallholder Farmers at a training session
Smallholder Farmers at a training session
Smallholder Farmers at a training session
Smallholder Farmers at a training session

About 50 smallholder farmers at new Kokoankpe in Atebubu in the Brong Ahafo Region have received field training on good agronomic practices to help improve better land management and raise productivity.

Yara Ghana Limited, a leading fertilizer supplier in the country, who organised the training, says the exercise forms part of the company?s drive to deepen smallholder farmer?s knowledge on good agronomic practices for higher yields.

Marketing Assistant of Yara Ghana Limited, Mr Kwame Okyere, said this in a statement issued to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday.

The programme involved Yara agronomists providing technical advice on the Yara Crop Nutrition Concept as well as effective fertilizer application processes to enable the farmers achieve higher yields with minimal environmental impact, he said.

Mr Okyere explained that, ?[the] Yara Crop Nutrition Concept combines crop knowledge, product portfolio and application competence to provide profitable solution to the growers.?

He said it was important the farmers better understand various elements in farming and implement them in order to achieve optimum yields while supporting a sustainable environment.

He noted that Ghanaian smallholder farmers played crucial role in the economy to guarantee long term food security, given the fact that they dominate the agricultural sector.

?There is the need, therefore, to encourage smallholder farmers to pursue sustainable intensification of production through improved inputs and knowledge,? he added.

The statement quoted a participant, Madam Augustina Boakyewaa as saying, ?I always think using ammonia and NPK 15-15-15 was enough, I didn?t know different crops have different fertilizer requirements which you have to consider. ?

According to the statement agronomists [trainers] took farmers through basic crop nutrition, recommended protocols for fertilizer application and other best farmer practices for improved yields.

It said two demonstration of maize with one using the traditional farmer practice of fertilization which is NPK 15-15-15 and Ammonia and the other using the Yara recommended Actyva were shelled, weighed and bagged in front of the participants.

The plot sizes were 0.25 of an acre each, it said.

Though factors like late planting and poor rains negatively affected the yield, the statement noted that the Yara recommended practice yielded two and a half bags of 100kgs as compared to one and a quarter bags from the traditional farmer practice.

Yara is a leading mineral fertilizer company with a global presence.

Yara Ghana was set up in 2008 to strengthen the quality and depth of input supply and related services along agricultural value chains to help increase the productivity of Ghanaian farmers.

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