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Presidential Fertilizer Initiative Programme has commenced. Eleven blending plants are in now in full operation in different locations across the country. The fertilizer will be sold to farmers at a price of N5,500 per 50KG bag only by State Governments, registered distributors and dealers registered with FEPSAN. Intrested distributors/dealers to participate in the scheme can register with any of the blending plants and at FEPSAN office at No 1. NIDB Building, Muhammadu Buhari way, Kaduna. Whistle blower Nos: 08175777724, 08175077773
sector has not been hijacked by any single entity, contrary to reports.
This is just as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) yesterday disclosed that the fertiliser intervention programme would save the government about N60 billion in annual budgetary provisions for fertiliser subsidy and create at least 250,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The NGF also said the programme would save the country about $200 million in foreign exchange by maximising local content as well as the enhancement of food security as a result of the expected increase in food production, thus reducing food induced inflation.
Speaking in an interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday, secretary of FEPSAN Ahmed Kwa, explained that contrary to a petition to the Senate committee on agriculture where it was alleged that TAK Agro, a company owned by FEPSAN president, Mr Thomas Etuh, was given the sole monopoly to import muriate of potassium, bag, clear, store, transport and distribute the raw materials, the programme was open to all local producers of fertiliser.
He further dismissed allegations that the Memorandum of Understanding for the programme was shrouded in secrecy, pointing out that the all the terms of the MoU were known to those involved in the programme.
Kwa explained that the federal government decided to involve the private sector in its fertiliser intervention programme aimed at ensuring food security and seven out of the existing fertiliser blending plants in the country that had capacity to begin production were being carried along while the other six would come on board subsequently.
The FEPSAN secretary reiterated that the programme was open to all fertiliser producers who had the capacity to produce, and dismissed the petition as the handiwork of unpatriotic Nigerians who did not share in the vision of the federal government for the agricultural sector, emphasising that rather than increase the price of fertiliser as claimed by the petitioners, the programme was actually designed to not only crash the price of the product, but ensure availability.
Meanwhile, the governors’ forum explained that the intention of the programme is to make fertiliser available and affordable across the country as the target of government is to produce a Million Metric Tonnes (1MT) of fertilisers for the 2017 wet season and 2017/2018 dry season farming.
It added that the key focus of the programme is to rehabilitate the abandoned fertiliser blending plants across Nigeria which will certainly create hundreds of thousands of rural jobs in blending, logistics and transportation as well as retail and distribution of agricultural inputs.
The forum dismissed the petition as baseless and unfounded, saying the N46 billion project was not shrouded in secrecy as alleged, as the NGF has through one of them, the Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, who heads the committee, been following the programme and had directly participated in the design of the project as well as the implementation framework.
According to the forum, the fertiliser dealers were obviously worried that the rent-seeking era and the high fertiliser exploitation of farmers by them was coming to an end.
“From the content of the petition, we can understand the motive and the malicious intent of the petitioners. This intervention programme was initiated by the federal government and the states to ensure efficient and timely distribution of fertilisers to farmers nationwide at very affordable farm gate price of N5,500 (Five Thousand, Five Hundred Naira only) per 50kg, contrary to the dubious claims of N8,000 (Eight Thousand Naira) as stated by the petitioners.
“The Fertiliser Intervention Scheme is in pursuance to the FGN agenda of promoting agriculture and creating jobs,” a statement by the NGF read in part.
The forum lamented that it was disturbing that the petitioners (fertiliser dealers) as patriotic Nigerians could not comprehend the noble objectives and the values inherent in the programme. “We would like to commend Mr. President for this visionary initiative and the Chairman of the Committee, Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, for his relentless commitment in pursuit of this objective. We urge all other stakeholders to vehemently support this programme,” it added.
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