OCP to Develop Fertilizer Value Chain in Ghana
Morocco’s phosphates company, OCP, and the Government of Ghana signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the fertilizer value chain.
The agreement was signed by Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the OCP Group as part of the Government of Ghana’s newly designed Fertilizer Expansion Program (GFEP).
Under the agreement, the two parties shall work together to optimize the fertilizer value chain in Ghana to provide customized fertilizers at affordable prices to farmers, the OCP said in a statement.
In line with Ghana’s government goals, the fertilizer value chain will be improved at the farmer level, with targeted farmer-centric and agronomic initiatives, providing appropriate inputs to farmers and supporting them with adequate training, soil mapping, field trials and fertilizer formula development.
In addition, the two parties are exploring opportunities to develop the fertilizer production sector of Ghana especially in terms of the feasibility of setting up a fertilizer production plant that could combine natural gas from Ghana and phosphate from Morocco to produce customized high quality and affordable fertilizers.
The fertilizer value chain development will further include the introduction of fertilizer blending to allow the production of customized mineral fertilizers that will meet soil- and crop-specific nutrient requirements.