Farmers in seven Districts of the Upper East Region–Bongo, Builsa North, Builsa South, Pusiga, Nabdam, Binduri and Garu-Tempane–are to increase their incomes from legumes cultivation, with the introduction of a new biological fertilizer, simply known as ‘inoculant’.
The inoculant, a product of Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), its partner, the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), based in the Northern Region of Ghana, and a foreign collaborator, the EMBRAPA Agrobiology of Brazil, according to the experts, had already been tried elsewhere in the country with huge results as compared to the application of traditional fertilizers.
It is calculated to almost double the yields of leguminous crops such as cow pea, groundnuts and soya beans and come cheaper than the application of traditional fertilizers.
The on-farm trials of the inoculant are being implemented under the M-Boss Project spanning 2017 to 2020 by which time the majority of farmers are expected to adopt its use as a scale-up to increased yields. Read more