On fertilizer!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

It is an undisputable fact that agriculture is the backbone of most national economies in Africa. Many technocrats believe that a country making gains in agricultural development is the most important aspect in ensuring meaningful development. In a nutshell, agriculture is the foundation upon which all other developments are built.

Again, agric development cannot be attained in the absent of quality fertilizer to enhance agric production.

It was reported in the news this past days that the National Food Security Processing and Cooperation (NFSC) has received about 21, 340 bags of NPK fertilizers from Vietnam. The fertilizers were funded by the Islamic Trade Finance Cooperation (ITFC), a private window of the Islamic Development Bank that focuses on commercial transactions in various parts of the world.

However, the provision of this bags of NPK fertilizer is not only timely, but would a long way to enhance agric production in the country.

In fact it came at a time when farmers in the country are currently starting their daily farming routine.These fertilizers, according to officials, is to provide farmers with quality input at a subsidized price; thus it will enrich the soil to enable a productive harvest for the farmers.

Though, managing agricultural nutrients to provide a safe food supply and secure the environment remains one of the immense challenges of the 21th century. Thus, it is very important to apply fertilizers in an efficient way to minimize loss and to improve the nutrient use efficiency.

Just like human, crops need to be healthy in order to yield their maximum potential. The application of fertilizer helps keep plants strong and healthy by providing nutrients to a plant throughout its life.

The three macronutrients that are essential for plant growth are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Micronutrients are also very important in order to obtain high yields, but according to experts, a much smaller amount by volume is needed in soil. 

We are optimistic that our farmers would make maximum use of this fertilizer so as to ensure quality yield and boost agric production in the country.

“If women had equal access to fertilizer and modern farm machinery, developing countries would produce between 2.5-percent and 4-percent more food.”

Sri Mulyani Indrawati