Member of Parliament for Central Tongu Constituency Honourable Alexander Gabby Hottordze says, the high cost and shortage of fertilizers are negatively affecting Ghanaian farmers especially farmers in the three Tongu Districts of the Volta Region.
Speaking at the Holiday Edition of the three Tongu Members of Parliament hosted at Sala Radio, Dabala on Tuesday, 3rd May, 2022, the Lawmaker said, most of the inhabitants of the three Tongu Districts are farmers. Our people are mainly into farming. But, the high cost and shortage of fertilizers are negatively affecting our people.
Honourable Alexander Gabby Hottordze noted that, fertilizers are not only expensive, but, its shortage is adversely affecting farmers in the area.
According to him, farmers used to buy a bottle of herbicides at GH¢14.00 during NDC government but now, it’s being bought GH¢70.00 during the current government.
He further explained that, farmers are unable to afford the exhobitan cost of the scarse fertilizers to support their farming activities.
He lamented over the disheartening situation because, farmer are now back to the old and traditional methods of farming which is affecting large scale productions of farm crops.
He expressed worry saying, former President John Dramani Mahama has introduced mechanised farming for farmers in Ghana, which was boasting crops production but, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government has overturned the practice due to poor leadership and economic hardships.
“Farmers are now practicing the old methods of farming where they use manpower to weed, burnt waste substances before growing crops.” He explained.
He explained that, where former President John Dramani Mahama led NDC government has moved Ghana in terms of agricultural development, had it not been the lies of Akufo-Addo and Bawumia in opposition, Ghana would have been recognized globally for its strong agriculture systems.
He added that, “everyone in Ghana knows that, John Dramani Mahama is the best. He is far better than President Akufo-Addo.”
Earlier, the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana has bemoaned the unavailability of subsidized fertiliser to farmers due to outstanding debts owed to suppliers by government.
Speaking in an interview monitord by Coverghana.com.gh, the Head of Programmes and Advocacy for the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Dr. Charles Nyaaba disclosed that, the suppliers are no longer willing to supply fertilisers at a subsidized cost to farmers.
According to Dr. Charles Nyaaba, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government owes the suppliers an outstanding debt of about ¢346 million since 2020.
Speaking further, Dr. Charles Nyaaba said, “the fertilizer companies are not willing to supply the standard fertiliser at the moment because according to them what they supplied in 2020, government still owned them ¢86 million. What they supplied in 2021 government owns then ¢260 million and all this money hasn’t been paid them,”
He clarified that, the suppliers have also complained about the situation, adding that “they also have to go to banks and get loans to bring these fertilisers.”
Dr. Charles Nyaaba argue that, “interest rate on those loans that they have taken continuously goes up and they are business people.
“We have approached them they said they are business people and we can’t collapse their business because we want to provide fertilizers to you.”
the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana has since appealed president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’d government to settle the debt of suppliers so that fertiliser deliveries to farmers could continue as a way of supporting farmers in larger scale productions for domestic and commercial use.