Maize farmers in one of the crop’s main growing areas in the country, Sissala East and West districts, are struggling to have access to subsidized fertilizer of the government so the Maize production could suffer a major setback.
The subsidized input fertilizer was impounded when some unscrupulous people tried diverting the product to neighbouring Burkina Faso.
But the products have remained under lock and key at the offices of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) in the Upper West Region, depriving farmers of the main input needed to ensure improved yields.
As part of the Planting for Food and Jobs program, government has made available to farmers a host of incentives including subsidized fertilizer to help boost crop production.
But the inability of the input fertilizer to reach the farmers has seen them having to buy from the open market at very exorbitant prices with farmers who cannot afford the open market price having to watch as their crops wither in their early stages.
The most affected areas are Tumu and Gwollu with farmers and fertilizer dealers all reeling under the effect of the unavailability of the item on the market.
Farmers still do not have access to the subsidized fertilizers, despite a desperate plea made by various smallholder farmer groups to the Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).
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