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By Samuel

20th December, 2016

BHNew revelations have shown how the deadly Boko Haram sect has caused severe problems in fertilizer circulation among Nigerians.
It has been revealed that the current scarcity and subsequent hike in price of fertilizer is as a result of security concerns as Boko Haram insurgents using its components to make bombs and other explosives.

AuduOgbe, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at a Special Town Hall Meeting for Youth organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The minister said that fertilizer being sold for N10,000 per bag was because the security agencies placed hold on its distribution.

“Fertilizer came late this year due to security challenges.

“We started moving fertilizer in February to meet up with the farming season but the national security agency stopped us from moving it.

“Over 400 trailer loads of fertilizers were held down in Lokoja for two months because Boko Haram were converting urea among other fertilizer component to make bombs.

“It took two and half months to get arrangement from security agencies to escort fertilizers from the factories to the farms.

“We were cut between security problems and food security for the people,” he said.
The minister said that the delay in accessibility of the product led to hike in price.

He, however, assured farmers that the price will reduce to less than N5,000 in the next planting season as arrangements were being made for transportation by rail.

Mr. Ogbe said that the federal government has also signed agreement with the Moroccan government for supply of phosphate and potassium for fertilizer production.

He said the agreement would assist in further reducing the prices of fertilisers to the barest minimum.

http://www.tori.ng/news/48977/how-boko-haram-has-caused-fertiliser-scarcity-pric.html

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Messages to Farmers

  • Apply fertilizer wisely to avoid wastageAttend trainings on fertilizer use and application
  • Early purchase of fertilizer saves money
  • Buy your fertilizers from the open market
  • Obtain quality fertilizers from reputable suppliers especially FEPSAN members
  • Store unused fertilizer away from children, fire, rain and entry of foreign material.
  • Form groups/associations to benefit from group/association dynamics
  • Allow your crops to fully mature to get quality and value
  • Report adulterated fertilizer to the appropriate authority

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