In spite of agriculture being a leading growth driver for Ghana’s economy, its potential contribution to growth and development has been underexploited mainly due to a variety of challenges.
Soil Fertility issues in Ghana
The Abuja summit on fertilizer declared that, Sub-Saharan Africa can only increase food production and alleviate poverty when fertilizer use is increased.
Reports by Climate Change and Sustainable Development, indicates that, fertilizer application in Ghana is approximately 15kg ha-1 with the highest depletion rates in Africa ranging from about 40 to 60 kg of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK) ha-1 yr-1
Fertilizer subsidy in Ghana began in 2008 due to significant increases in fertiliser prices, the aim was to encourage affordability and fertiliser usage.
Despite the implementation of the subsidy program, its purpose is still striving to gain grounds as result, Ghana over the years has missed the Abuja Declaration to increase fertilizer usage among farmers.