Glofert, a wholly Ghanaian-owned fertiliser producing company that focuses on improving crop production and ensuring food security, has been inaugurated at Asuboi in the Eastern Region, under government’s One District, One Factory (1D1F) programme.
With an ultra-modern fertiliser blending plant and the capacity to produce 800,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser per annum (2,400 metric tonnes a day), the facility thus becomes biggest in the West African sub-region.
Inaugurating the US$4.5million facility, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in his speech noted that inaugurating the factory is in line with government’s vision of creating one factory in all 216 districts in Ghana, as well as transforming the country’s agricultural sector.
He said: “If we want to really transform agriculture, we have to increase the supply of inputs such as seeds and fertilisers to farmers at a reasonable price, and to do so at a time when farmers need these seeds most”.
Dr. Bawumia described the fertiliser factory as a major step by government to work with the private sector as partners, in order to transform the Ghanaian economy through agriculture and to revamp the industrial sector.
He noted that government has been keen on delivering on its promise to create a viable self-sustaining economy, adding that this can be achieved through modern industrialisation by reducing dependency caused by the imports of food.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Glofert, Reverend Foster Mawuli Benson, noted that Glofert serves as a responsible steward of the environment and a catalyst for local economic development through transparent and respectful stakeholder engagement.
Rev. Benson said that the plant makes available fertilisers that are tailored to specific soil requirement. This, he said, is a sure promise that farmers will meet the potential yield of their planting materials.
He revealed that: “It is worth noting that as a company and in our quest to provide more employment and contribute to the value chain in the fertilizer space, we have commenced the construction of a US$2million fertilizer-bag manufacturing and printing factory. This factory will be ready in the first quarter of 2020 and is sure to add 100 jobs in this community”.
He added that 80% of Glofert staff are from the surrounding communities and at the peak of production the company employs 220 personnel, both direct and indirect. Currently, the company has a staff strength of 35 full-time employees with 180 casuals.
“We are partnering with RMG Ghana Limited to provide coaching for young graduates who are interested in going into farming at RMG’s boot-camp located in Asutuare,” said Rev. Benson.
Key products blended by Glofert include NPK 15-15-15 for rice and millet; NPK 23-10-5 for maize and sorghum; NPK 15-20-20+TE for maize and rice; and NPK 15-15-15+Boron for cotton. Glofert is also supplying NPK to other companies/importers that are part of government’s subsidy programme. They have already brought in 10Kmt from OCP and another 10Kmt is on the way.
The One District, One Factory Programme was instituted to address the challenge of slow economic growth at the district level, through a massive nationwide industrialisation drive meant to equip and empower communities in utilising their local resources by manufacturing products that are in high demand both locally and internationally.
The programme is expected to facilitate the creation of between 7,000 to 15,000 jobs per district, and between 1.5 million and 3.2 million nationwide by end of 2021.