Fertilizer can brake Food shortage PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 December 2012 19:02

 For this to happen, Africans must accept 21st-century modern agricultural methods such as fertilizers and biotechnology. This is the best way for farmers to increase their yields and ensure food security of the continent. African farmers don’t use enough fertilizers - far less than their counterparts elsewhere, according to the Comprehensive low due to poor infrastructure, some farmers doubt the value of fertilization, and bureaucratic obstacles also get in the way.

In Kenya for example, the government subsidizes fertilizer but requires farmers to obtain paperwork from local agricultural extension officials, deposit cash in a bank, and finally collect fertilizer from an agency. This is a lengthy and intimidating process, especially for small-scale farmers. In his book “Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet,” Jeffrey Sachs cites evidence suggesting that if African smallholder farmers take advantage of modern technologies especially fertilizer and biotechnology – their African Agricultural Development Program, a project of the African Union. In North America, farmers put more than 200 Kg of fertilizer on each hectare they cultivate. In East and West Asia, the figure is 135 Kg, in South Asia is 100 Kg, in Latin America it is 73 Kg. However and regrettably in Africa especially in sub-Saharan Africa farmers use only 9Kg of fertilizer per hectare. Farmers in other countries are able to add enough fertilizer on their land to build up fertility and replace important nutrients after a crop is harvested, but in Africa fertilizers are sprinkled like a rare spice (when used at all). There are plenty of reasons for this sad state of affairs. Fertilizer prices are two to six times the world average, supplies are yields could increase tenfold. This is the ultimate solution to Africa’s food insecurity. Source: Truth about Trade & Technology.

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