Yara Ghana was established in 2007 and has since positioned itself in the field as a leader in the provision of crop nutrition solutions for crop growth and quality.
For farmers in Ghana, Yara has been of significant assistance. With a relevant market share in the local fertilizer market, Yara has helped contribute to increased yields and profitability of farmers.
Yara’s success and significance to the farming community can be traced to the fact that under the direction of its network of agronomists , Yara has initiated and undertaken a number of programmes to enable farmers achieve the best results-improved yields and profitability.
To further deepen the company’s commitment to Ghana, Yara International ASA made a significant investment of $15 million in the construction of a fertilizer Terminal facility in the country. The project which began in 2016 was completed in February 2019.
The timing for the completion of this project coincides with governments flagship programme Planting for Food and Jobs thereby putting Yara Ghana in a strong position to support the governments drive to improve agriculture in Ghana.
Ceremony and Dignitaries
The terminal was officially inaugurated on the 20th February, 2019. In attendance was the Executive Vice President of Yara International (Sales and Marketing) Terje Knutsen ,Senior Vice President in charge of Business Unit Africa Luis Alfredo Perez and the Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Gunnar A. Holm. Key government officials present during the inauguration included the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Sagre Bambangi, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armarh Ashietey, The Municipal Chief Executive of Tema, Hon. Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La. Also present were various stakeholders in the agriculture sector, businessmen and women as well as other invited guests.
Capacity of the Facility
Situated in Tema, this facility which will also serve as a hub for the supply of Yara’s premium fertilizer solutions into the West African sub region is made up of warehousing units and blending and bagging units with a storage capacity of 50,000 metric tons (1,000,000 50kg bags of fertilizers) and a blending and bagging rate of 100 metric tons (2,000 50 kg bags) per hour.
Benefits of project to Ghana
The opening of this Terminal will facilitate the ready supply and availability of Yara’s premium crop nutrition solutions to the Ghanaian farmer to enhance their productivity and livelihoods.
The Terminal facility has increased Yara’s blending and bagging capacities, allowing Yara to bag high volumes of its premium fertilizer products for distribution around the country and beyond and also enhanced capacity to do site specific blends when required.
Furthermore, it will place Yara Ghana in good position to strongly support the government flagship programme Planting for Food and Jobs aimed at transforming agriculture in Ghana.
The increased capacity of the facility will require more human resource hence creating varied employment opportunities directly and within the entire value chain.
With the increasing recognition of Ghana as a hub for trade and investment in the West Africa Sub Region and the African continent in general, this terminal facility will make Ghana a hub for the supply of fertilizer inputs within the sub region since the facility has the capacity to supply Ghana and beyond. This will accrue tax benefits to the country.
Though wholly financed by Yara, the facility will also support the drive of the government of Ghana for industrialization through the 1D1F programme since the facility is a full scale blending and bagging facility capable of blending and bagging different fertilizer blends and other compound fertilizer products.
In his address, Mr. Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, commended Yara for recognizing the need to partner government in the creation of job opportunities in the country. According to him, beyond the creation of job opportunities, the facility would also go a long way in expanding the network of retailers in the fertilizer industry.
On his part, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Sagre Bambangi, emphasized the significant role the facility would play in boosting food production in the country which is in accordance with government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ agenda.
The Vice-President in charge of Sales & Marketing for Yara International ASA, Terje Knutsen, said the facility is poised to support Ghana’s agricultural development and by extension the nation’s general economic development since agriculture plays a very crucial role in the development of any nation.
The Managing Director of Yara Ghana, Danquah Addo-Yobo, emphasized the significant role the facility would play in the development of agriculture in Ghana since it would be a source of ready supply of premium crop nutrition solutions to Ghanaian farmers to enhance their productivity and livelihoods.
Yara Ghana was established in 2007. Since its establishment, Yara Ghana has contributed immensely to the development of agriculture in Ghana. The company over the years has guaranteed the delivery of quality fertilizers to farmers in Ghana to drive improved yield and profitability.
Among the many activities Yara Ghana has invested in include the extension services support through its network of agronomist across the country; capacity building of dealers and farmers; research and partnerships with key research institutes in the country; establishment of demonstration fields and crop clinics; collaboration with development partners, development of extensive distribution network of Ghanaian businesses; providing employment directly and indirectly; corporate social responsibility among others.
Yara brings to Ghana direct employment of over 120 Ghanaians, made up of 50 permanent staff. The company has also developed and supported the growth of an extensive national distribution network of over 300 Ghanaian businesses in the agro-input sector employing many Ghanaians and creating indirect opportunities for many others.
Yara Ghana has been and continues to be a key player in the agricultural sector of Ghana. Its premium quality fertilizers over the years have helped farmers to improve yield and productivity and have become the favourite of farmers in the cocoa sector and other crops such as cereals(maize, rice, sorghum, millet etc.),vegetables etc.