On 11 December, the OCP Foundation kicked off a project relating to the development of a soil fertility map, in partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). This initiative aims to raise awareness of soil potential in the country to improve crop yields. Some 130 agronomists, engineers, lab technicians and managers from MoFA should receive training over 3 years. The OCP Foundation will provide MoFA with the equipment needed by its two laboratories specialised in soil analysis and fertilisers, a mobile soil analysis unit and rolling stock adapted to cover the least accessible regions to sample the soil. The project should help analyse and map over 100,000 hectares of soil in the pilot zone in Ashanti. This initiative comes a few months after the OCP and Ghanaian executive signed an agreement relating to the construction of a fertiliser plant by 2024. The OCP Foundation has already mapped over one million hectares of soil and provided equipment for around 14 laboratories in Africa.
Source: Agence Ecofin