To make sure as many Ghanaian farmers get access to fertlizer, the Asase Gyefo agronomy team has started the process of getting an official COCOBOD certification for our product which will allow the product to enter the Cocoa market.
Cocoa is Ghana’s largest export product and the main source of income for 800,000 cocoa farm families in the country. Yet, cocoa farmers are not allowed to use agri-inputs that are not officially certified by Ghana Coco Board (COCOBOD). Currently, this governmental body is running trials with our organic fertilizer in the production of cocoa seedlings. The certification process is expected to be ready in June/ July. Soon after that, we hope to start sales to cocoa farmers during the second farming season this year.
In the meantime, the agronomy is doing a tour across the country to make cocoa farmers familiar with the use and benefits our locally produced organic fertilizer. Over the past two months they have been visiting the cocoa farming communities of Kwakokrom and the Mpraniase in the Ashanti region, to help them with the preparation of their land and the transplanting of the cocoa seedlings. The third sessions are still to take place, when it is time to harvest.