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By Maryam Ahmadu-Suka
May 7 2017

FEPSAN PFIThe Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has said that the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative has in the last six months saved Nigeria N260 billion hitherto spent on subsidy and foreign exchange.

Speaking when the Presidential Committee paid a visit to the three fertiliser blending plants in Kaduna at the weekend, the Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr. Uche Orji said, 1.3 million bags of fertilizers have already been sold across the country, while another 1.6 million bags have been released.

He said, "If you put that in context, in two and half months, we have sold more than 60% of the entire programme of 2016. We have materials on ground to deliver more than 8 million bags. And next week, more materials will come for another four million bags. This programme targets 20 million bags for this year, it has never been done in this country. So, there will be enough fertilizer for everyone. So, anyone hoarding is just wasting his time because more is coming.

"This is a classic case of import substitution. In the past, we would have imported this fertilizers and no job would have been created locally. Out of the over one million so far sold to the dealers, not one naira subsidy has been used. There is no need for subsidy.

"Three blending plants are working in Kaduna, one is working in Funtua, one in Ebonyi, one in Lagos, Minna is working, we are having Plateau, Benue and before the end of this programme, we will have many more blending plants across the country", he said.

The Chairman of the committee and Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru said one million metric tons of fertilizers, amounting to 20 million 50kg bags of the product will be distributed in Nigeria before the end of June 2017.

He assured that, the era of hoarding fertilizers was gone in Nigeria, as people who engage in such act would be losers, because 15 fertilizer blending companies were producing simultaneously across the country at a rate that the market will be saturated with the products.

He said, the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, which is a collaborative programme with the private sector will deliver 700,000 metric tons above what was consumed in Nigeria last year.

He however warned agro dealers and distributors of the fertilizer against selling the product above the approved price of N5,500, saying anyone reported by whistle blowers for such would be prosecuted.
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Messages to Farmers

  • 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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Mission

To provide a platform for the stakeholders in the public and private sectors of the fertilizer industry to develop effective public private partnerships in order to ensure timely supply of adequate quantity and quality fertilizers; and to promote professional, moral and ethical practices in the industry.

Vision

Attain improved productivity and environmental sustainability of Nigerian Agriculture through balanced and judicious use of fertilizers....Attain improved productivity and environmental sustainability of Nigerian Agriculture through balanced and judicious use of fertilizer...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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