The quality of fertilizers in West Africa
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CTA. 1997. The quality of fertilizers in West Africa. Spore 70. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Structural adjustment programmes and market liberalization in most sub-Saharan African countries have produced much needed reforms in many sectors of the agricultural economy. With the exception of Niger and Nigeria, the task of fertilizer...
Structural adjustment programmes and market liberalization in most sub-Saharan African countries have produced much needed reforms in many sectors of the agricultural economy. With the exception of Niger and Nigeria, the task of fertilizer procurement and distribution has shifted from central government to, the private sector. The implementation of these reforms, whilst mostly welcomed and beneficial, has not tome about without some problems. Adverse reports about the quality of some fertilizers on the West African market were of concern to many parties involved in the restoration and maintenance of the soil fertility effort. One of the recommendations of a meeting held to discuss this problem was that a study of the situation should be undertaken. The report, The quality of fertilizers in West Africa (1995), is the result of the study by the combined efforts of the International Fertilizer Development Center's scientists and their collaborators in the sub region, who highlight problems and suggest solutions. The study's findings were that about 58% of fertilizers sampled were underweight. Concern was expressed that appropriate quality control and regulatory mechanisms should Le put in place to correct the situation. Though the recommendations in the report have been specifically developed for the fertilizer sub sector, with minor modifications, they can be applied to determine the quality of other agricultural inputs, especially seeds, herbicides and pesticides, which are being sold to farmers in the region. [caption to illustration] Bags of fertilizer are often sold underweight International Fertilizer Development Center-Africa BP 4483, Lomé, TOGO