Sekondi Takoradi Director of Agriculture Services, Daniel Essel has charged farmers to seek expert advice in the application of fertilizer on their farms.
He says this will not only help them get the right yield but will also prevent people who will eventually consume their produce from getting ill due to high levels of chemicals.
Mr. Essel explains because the market has been flooded with both fake and genuine fertilizers, it will be prudent for farmers to seek second opinion on fertilizer application.
The Metro Director of Agriculture Services was speaking to Skyy news on the sidelines of this year’s celebration of the Farmer’s Day at Nkontompo.
“There are so many chemicals on the market of which some a fake and some genuine that is why we are advocating that farmers consult experts or Agro input dealers so that they know how to handle the rate of application of the fertilizers because if you don’t apply the fertilizer right the residue will affect the health of whoever consumes the product”.
Mr. Essel also bemoaned the unavailability of land for farming in Sekondi – Takoradi.
Against this, he said the emphasis is now on higher yield per unit.
He explains that “farming is about land but not necessarily having large land so the emphasis is on higher yield not expansion of the farm lands. That is why we are encouraging the practice of application of fertilizer to increase their output so with a small size land one can cultivate much products to… therefore the problem of land acquisitions should not be a burrier to farming”
Sekondi Takoradi Mayor Anthony KK Sam in an address said under government’s planting for food programme the metro received 160 bags of NPK fertilizer but distributed 156 to 40 farmers. He adds 80 bags of Urea fertilizer were also received and distributed.
58 year old Kwabena Apprey of Whindo emerged the best metro farmer. He has been farming for the past forty years.