Just as humans need essential minerals and nutrients for strong, healthy growth, so do the world's crops. The role of fertilizers in food production is usually underestimated. Fertilizers are food for plants.
Fertilizers replace the nutrients that crops remove from the soil. Without the addition of fertilizers, crop yields and agricultural productivity would be significantly reduced. That’s why mineral fertilizers are used to supplement the soil’s nutrient stocks with minerals that can be quickly absorbed and used by crops.
Such is the importance of fertiliser to to food or crop production.
Ghana continues to strengthen its efforts at improving food security with nearly GHS1 billion pumped into the supply of fertilizer and quality planting materials to small holder farmers, last year.
The significant investment is paying off as there is food surplus in the West African country.
Unlike other parts of the continent, it has no problem with food insecurity and hunger.
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Agriculture Minister, says there is more than enough food to feed the population.
The forecast for the coming year was good - there would be plentiful food.
He was speaking at a ceremony to launch this year’s farmers day celebration.
The day is marked every year on the first Friday of December - to honour the farmers breaking their back to feed and keep the economy going.
This year’s event would be held in Cape Coast.
The Minister said transforming agriculture remained a top priority of the government’s development agenda.
They were determined to modernize farming to boost crop yield and farmers income.
Juaben Omanhene and Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otto Siribour 11, hailed steps taken by the government over the past four to change the face of agriculture.
It was a wise thing to do considering the employment agriculture was giving to people along the value chain.
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