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USAID, ECOWAS canvass use of fertilizer to boost food production

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have called for increased usage of fertiliser to boost food production in the country.

According to both bodies, the global average for fertiliser consumption was 107kg per hectare, unfortunately, Nigeria among other West African countries, use 12kg per hectare, adding that this is not up to the 50kg/ha agreed to by African governments to be achieved by 2015.

The USAID/Nigeria Mission Director, Michael Harvey, during the Annual West Africa Fertilizer Stakeholders’ forum, warned that, unless deliberate action is taken to increase fertiliser consumption, West Africa would be unable to feed its growing population projected to reach 500million in 2050.

“West African farmers continue to have among the lowest yields in comparison with other regions in the world, unless action is taken, West Africa will be unable to feed its growing population projected to reach 500million in 2050 without increasing dependence on food import it can ill afford.


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