Yara Ghana Limited, a leading name in the fertiliser industry of Ghana, has made a donation of GH¢200,000 to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund as part of its support to the country in its fight against the COVID -19 pandemic.
The West Africa Regional Director for Yara International, Mr. Danquah Addo-Yobo, made the presentation on behalf of Yara Ghana Limited in a short ceremony at the office of the Fund in Accra.
According to the Regional Director-Yara, Ghana has been a partner in the country’s development – especially in the agricultural space – for several years, and the donation forms part of this continuous partnership and support especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Addo-Yobo, said as a strategic partner in the agricultural space in Ghana, aside from this donation Yara has also put in place measures to ensure farmers have access to its quality fertilisers when and wherever they need it; so as to ensure continuity of food production in order to ensure food security for the country during this pandemic period.
“Yara Ghana has in place a business continuity plan that has enabled us in the midst of this pandemic to make available our fertilisers and other crop nutrition solutions throughout the distribution chain to farmers across the country, while adhering to strict safety standards and protocols. The farmers need to apply fertilisers at specific times and our products are in the market in time for the season to help ensure the country’s food security, he stated.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Trust Fund, former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo who is the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the COVID-19 Trust Fund expressed gratitude to Yara Ghana for exhibiting good corporate citizenship, and commended the company for its work in the agricultural value chain.
She stated that the Trust Fund was set up by an Act of Parliament, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Trust Fund bill 2020, to receive and manage contributions and donations from well-meaning individuals, groups and corporate bodies. Beneficiaries of the Fund will be frontline medical staff and volunteers engaged in combatting COVID-19, as well as the vulnerable and needy affected by the pandemic.
Present at the presentation ceremony were the West Africa Regional Chief Finance Officer for Yara, Mr. Kudjoe Agbenyega; Marketing Officer of Yara Ghana, Mr. Kwame Okyere; and Dr. Ernest Ofori Sarpong, a member of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund’s board of trustees.