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Apr 19, 2010

Ghana Launches Soil Fertility Project to Boost Maize & Legume Production

Afrique en Ligne reported on 19 April 2010 that the government of Ghana had launched in the north of the country a three year soil fertility program to increase corn and legume production.  The project is estimated costing US$1.54 million.  The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

According to the Northern Regional Ministers, Moses Mabengba, the "project is aimed at increasing maize and legume production through integrated soil fertility management technologies and strengthening farmer organisation."  The northern region involved in this project produces 42% of the country's cereal production and even with this output, suffers from food shortages.

The project will promote the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers. According to Mabengba, the government will "continue with its policy of fertiliser subsidy that is in excess of US$14 million for 2010."

The project will reach approximately 120,000 farmers in 225 villages.  This outreach will include in person demonstrations, the distribution of published pamphlets, as well as the airing of radio and television documentaries.  This project is being coordinated with other transportation projects including the construction and repair of dams. 

For more see: "Ghana launches soil fertility project," Afrique en Ligne, Tamale, Ghana, 19 April 2010.

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