A sod has been cut for the construction of an organic fertilizer production plant in three communities in the Northern Region. The three-year project is in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a leading waste management company, GIZ, SARI and DECO.
It is expected to create jobs for the beneficiary communities in the Sagnarigu constituency. The project is aimed at increasing production of organic fertilizer for smallholder farmers in the Northern Region.
Speaking at the sod cutting ceremony in Saguli of the Sagnarigu district, the Northern Regional Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited Emmanuel Volsuuri said the project will produce about one thousand tons of compost annually at each of the sites.
The objective of the project according to Mr Volsuuri is to increase soil productivity of agricultural land for smallholder farmers in the Northern Regions through the utilization of compost.
The Northern Regional Manager of DECO, Ibrahim Amadu said the demand for organic fertilizer in the region has increased due to the positive impact it has made on soil and crops.
Mr Amadu said the project when completed will help keep Tamale clean. He explained that part of the waste generated in the city will be used for the compost which will reduce waste that goes to the landfill site at Gbalahi.
The District Chief Executive for Sagnarigu Alhassan Mohammed Sorugudoo commended the Zoomlion Ghana Limited and its partners for the project.
He expressed the hope that the project when completed will help improve the state of waste management in the Sagnarigu and Tolon districts by converting it into organic fertilizer for farming purposes.
According to him an estimated minimum of one hundred farmers will be trained in the use of organic fertilizers. This, the Hon. Sorogudoo said, will lead to doubling the current maize yields of 0.5 tons per hectare.
However the representative of Nantong Naa, Gburima-Naa Mahamadu Abu who cut the sod said the traditional authorities are in support of the project.
He, however, has some reservations about its implementations due to the failure of similar projects commissioned in the area in recent past. But the Sagnarigu DCE assured the chiefs of his commitment towards the development of the communities.