FG Nigeria to provide sufficient fertilizers for farmers to eradicate food scarcity in 2017

farmers-farm-317x191As food production scarcity becomes the hot burner of strategic economic plan and economic diversification among government agencies and the people in the society clamor for more intense production of surplus food.

The Federal Government disclosed on Sunday that adequate provision has been made for farmers across the country to have enough fertiliser to grow food and harvest production.

This disclosure was made by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr Uche Orji, in an interview with the Newsmen in FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.

He was quoted as follows that, “Last year fertiliser was sold as high as N14,000 a bag in the open market. “And now we are selling it for N5,500, that is 30 per cent below what the market was.

“We have the capacity to blend what the nation needs and this year, fertiliser will not be an excuse for farming in Nigeria.

“Anybody who tries to sell it more than that, there is a whistleblower number and when you call, then, the National Security Adviser would be involved to investigate,” he said.

It was also stated that Nigeria now has the full capacity to mix and produce fertiliser locally with high quality.

This was as a result of the help of the NSIA, 12 out of the 28 existing fertiliser blending plants scattered across the country have been resuscitated and refurbish additional 6 blending plants by 2018.

It was further disclosed that “Fertiliser has four components.

There is Urea, phosphate, potassium and limestone. You mix it together and that gives you your fertiliser.

“We used to import the whole thing completely blended. And there is a lot of physical labour involved in making fertiliser.

“So what we did was to say we have 28 blending plants that were ideal. So the presidency said we should have a look and see how we can make fertiliser available to farmers on time and at a reasonable price.

“So the only way we can do that is to look at how we can do that locally. Of the materials needed to make fertiliser, Urea is found in Nigeria as well as Limestones in Edo state, Sokoto and many parts of the country.

“Those two components make up 65 per cent so instead of importing the whole thing, we import 35 per cent, ship it to the blending plants, blend it and sell to farmers,” he said.

Furthermore, Nigeria has an agreement with Morroco to buy Phosphate and the potassium is bought from European traders.

That local production of fertiliser has helped to create thousands of jobs, revive the moribund government companies, and save foreign exchange for the country.

That the Nigeria government was targeting the production of 12 million bags this year under the federal government capability.

It was also reviewed that one of the major challenges confronting farmers is transportation logistics remained a major problem.

That the rail system is limited because it does not linked all the 36 states of the country but meanwhile the rail system where it works, in places like Kaduna State and Bauchi State to transport materials to the plants.

That farmer were assure of adequate security by the Nigeria Security Adviser (NSA), as a part of the programme.

It was also disclosed that fertiliser is well known as a component for making some kind of bombs.

He was quoted as follows that, “Last year fertiliser was sold as high as N14,000 a bag in the open market. “And now we are selling it for N5,500, that is 30 per cent below what the market was.

Farmers were urged to take over the opportunity offers by the federal government and that the price of fertilizers is boldly written on the fertiliser bag so you can’t be cheated by unscrupulous fraudulent individuals and organizations.

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