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African governments have been urged to urgently put in place policies and infrastructure to ensure increased fertilizer access and use in order to increase agricultural productivity, industry bodies said on Wednesday.

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The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said this was in line with the Abuja declaration on fertilizer for the African Green Revolution, according to a statement emailed to Xinhua.

In June 2006, the African Union (AU) Special Summit of the Heads of State and Government adopted the 12-resolution Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for the African Green Revolution and one of the resolutions focused on increasing fertilizer use in sub-Saharan Africa from an average eight kilograms then, to 50 kilograms per hectare by 2015.

Currently, the region utilizes an average 12 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare.

According to a statement released after a meeting in South Africa recently called to discuss progress made by African countries to ensure that the continent has a Green Revolution, stakeholders agreed that governments need to do more in agro dealer development to improve fertilizer distribution, particularly under government subsidy programs.

The meeting further agreed that dealer development should not be left to civil society organizations and private sector players only.

While countries that attended the meeting reported marginal increase in fertilizer use, there was a consensus that fertilizer consumption in sub-Saharan Africa was very low compared to Asian countries such as Malaysia where consumption averages 1, 570 kilograms per hectare.

The meeting recommended that there was need to identify strategies that could be instrumental in enhancing the use of fertilizers.

Dr Maria Wanzala, AFAP regional director for East and Southern Africa said factors constraining the increased use of fertilizer in the region included outdated or non-existent fertilizer laws and regulatory frameworks. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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