Farmers introduced to improved tech in crop farming

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MORE than 600 farmers in Tumu in the Sissala East District of the Upper East Region have been introduced to new and improved technology in crop farming by the Agricultural Manufacturing Group.

Dubbed the ‘Slow Release Technology’, the technology is embedded in a new fertilizer known as the NPK 25-10-10+TE fertilizer and contains 25 per cent of nitrogen per a bag to cultivate an acre of maize farm.

The NPK 25-10-10+TE is an innovation of the AMG with the sole aim of curbing the instance of underperformance of other NPK formulae in sandy soils due to high rainfalls which subjects fertilisers to leach beyond the reach of crops.

Addressing a durbar of farmers here, the General Manager of the AMG, Mr. Henry Otto said the technology used in the manufacture of the fertiliser had an induced element that enables the plants absorb the needed nutrients needed for better yields.

He said the effective use of soil and leaf analysis had been scientifically proven that to achieve an optimum yield of about 10metric tonnes per hectare in maize production the crop would specifically require 120kg of nitrogen per hectare, 60kg phosphorous per hectare and 40kg of potassium per hectare.

Furthermore, he said in areas where zinc is deficient, the application of 25kg of zinc per hectare would ensure optimum yield and it was for this reason that the new technology had been introduced onto the market.

“The AMG fertiliser, with improved dissolving aid to the least of moisture is said to be a new technology brought to give farmers the best option over available on the market,” he emphasised.

Mr. Otto explained that the AMG fertiliser had adequate nitrogen of 25per cent making it the best in the country, adding that “this fertiliser has trace elements in it”.

He assured farmers of the availability of the product to farmers, stressing that government had shown much interest in the product to support ‘the planting for food and jobs’ policy which largely subsidise fertiliser for farmers.

On his part, the district director of agriculture, Mr. Timothy Sidim said in a much as farmers needed the best practices to increase their yields, there was the need also for them to have access to improved technology.

He said improved technology made farming more attractive and further certified that the product would ensure that farmers were not bothered by the unpredictable rainfall pattern.

Mr. Andrew Nii Adjetey, Sales and Marketing Manager of AMG said the company was recruiting additional distributors to distribute the new product across the length and breadth of the country to ensure that as many farming communities as possible had access to the fertilisers.

“We take customer feedback seriously, and work assiduously to ensure we deliver quality products unto the Ghanaian market,” he stressed.

Some of the farmers who spoke to the Ghanaian Times on the sidelines of the durbar agreed that the application of the fertiliser on their demonstration farms had proven that it was the best so far.