A Ghanaian-owned fertilizer producing company, Glofert, has commissioned an ultramodern facility that has the capacity to produce over 2,400 metric tonnes of fertilzer daily, making it the largest in West Africa.
The plant which is valued at US$4.5 million, located at Asuboi in the Eastern Region, will produce over 800,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer annually.
Speaking at its inauguration, Chief Executive Officer of Glofert, Foster Mawuli Benson, said the establishment of the plant will ensure farmers farm all year round as there will be no need to pause work for the soil to regain lost nutrients.
“Our fertilizers are applicable to all crops because they are tailor-made to soil types and the nutrients that are lacking in the soil. So whichever crop you want us to blend the fertilizers to meet, we can, and this is very important because each crop requires certain nutrients in the soil before they can give you the maximum yield”.
“This is going to eliminate, not entirely, but scale down the importation of already blended fertilizers. So if previously Ghana was importing everything blended fertilizers, now we have in-house companies like Glofert being the biggest blender of fertilizer by capacity and being able to blend 2,400 metric tons a day. If we can blend 2,400 metric tons a day that should tell you what we can blend in a year.”
He further added that the company, through its operations, will continue to respect the environment and protect it.
Vice President Mahamadou Bawumia who inaugurated the plant said it will transform agriculture in the country. “If we want to really transform agriculture, we have to increase the supply of inputs such as seeds and fertilizers to farmers at a reasonable price, and to do so at a time when farmers need these seeds most,” he said.