Ghana’s quest to reduce reliance on imported agro chemical products for farming is receiving a boost as some agro chemicals are now being produced locally in the country.
Currently, Wynca Sunshine Agric Products and Trading Company Limited, a Chinese company established in Ghana in 2005 and located in Boankra in the Ejisu District in Ashanti Region, has started production of agro chemicals.
The company produces agro chemicals such as pesticide, herbicides, fungicides and knapsack sprayers and mist blowers for the Ghanaian and the West African market.
The $40-million plant inaugurated in 2010, also has the capacity to produce 15 million litres of glyphosate, a chemical for controlling weeds, and 117,000 knapsack sprayers per year respectively.
This came to light when a group of journalists toured Wynca’s new plant here on Wednesday to see at first hand the operations of the company.
The tour organised by the Chinese Embassy in Accra to highlight some Chinese investments in the country, formed part of activities marking the 55th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and Ghana.
Briefing the media, the President of Wynca Sunshine Agric Products and Trading Company Ghana Limited, Li Chaodong, pledged his company’s commitment to produce quality agro chemicals to promote agriculture in the country.
He said the locally produced agro chemicals would save the country millions of dollars which was used to import such products.
“Wynca is investing in research and new technologies to come out with innovative and quality products to boost agriculture,” Mr. Chaodong said.
He said agriculture holds good prospects for the country and there was the need to maintain quality to transform the sector and boost crop production and productivity.
He said the company’s entry into the agro chemicals industry had brought keen competition to the industry and that had helped to bring the prices of products down.
“Wynca currently holds about 40 per cent market share of agro chemicals in the country and that had helped to control the price of agro chemicals which hitherto was not the case,” he said.
To improve the fertility of the soil, Mr Chaodong said Wynca had added potassium hydroxide to their products which neutralises the acidity of the soil and also add nutrient to it.
He said his outfit was ready to partner and support government to transform agriculture in the country, saying every year his company contributes cash and agro chemicals and farm inputs to support the Farmers’ Day celebration.
The Deputy Director of Wynca, Jack Yao, said the company had established a plant to recycle the products in order not to pollute the environment.
The company had also initiated a programme to take all the used containers of agro chemicals from farmers and also organise training for farmers on the proper application of agro chemicals.
Mr. Yao advised farmers to desist from using bottles of agro chemicals for storing food items such as sugar, salt and oil, saying that could be dangerous to their health.
He also entreated them to wear appropriate farm apparels such as gloves, boots and, nose masks when applying agro chemicals, and explained that agro chemicals could be harmful when it comes into contact with the body.
From Kingsley Asare, Boankra