Home
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

A drastic shortfall in food supply will certainly compound the biting harsh economic condition. Government should, therefore, do everything within its power to ensure that Nigeria is not hit with food shortage by boosting local production instead of resorting to the usual importation of food. Measures should also be taken immediately to combat the menace of destructive pests.

Ogbe spoke in Abuja during an emergency meeting with agriculture commissioners from the affected states. According to him, the pests had attacked farms in some local council areas in Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Jigawa, Abia, Kano, Borno, Yobe, Benue, Gombe, Adamawa and Katsina states.

He said with the current high cost of food and the reported attacks on farmlands by locusts and quelea birds, the scarcity of food may worsen in the country. Already, there is a maize crisis, and if the pests attack rice, maize, sorghum and millet farms, the country would be in terrible food crisis.

Ogbe also acknowledged that the people are already hungry and angry. Families with four or five children are complaining of not eating for days. The rate of poverty has tripled as evident in many people turning beggars and soliciting for financial support. And right now, urban poverty is worse than rural poverty.

Locusts and quelea birds are dangerous pests, which could, within hours or days, wipe out hectares of farmland and cause crop failure, low harvest and ultimately food scarcity. This scenario is worrisome given the current grim economic condition in the country.

Government, therefore, needs to mobilise and control the pests before they do more damage to farm produce. The most potent means of combating the pests is by aerial fumigation, which is something the Ministry of Agriculture should quickly do.

Happily enough, Ogbe disclosed, the Federal Government would partner with the government of Niger Republic to get aircraft to be deployed for the fumigation efforts in the border states. This plan should, however, not be held down by unnecessary bureaucratic bottlenecks considering the urgency of the situation.

The Green Alternative Scheme recently launched by the Federal Government would be meaningless once pests are allowed to destroy what the farmers have laboured to plant.

The scarcity of foreign exchange has even made it imperative for Nigeria to return to agriculture or local production of food rather than depending on food importation.

Over the years, Nigeria has spent billions importing basic foods from other countries. Earlier in the year, Ogbe disclosed that Nigeria spends a whopping $20 billion on food importation annually. For a country that has great potential for agricultural development, with 99.9 per cent arable land, this is a shame.

Nigerians, for example, have been reported to consume N62.8 billion worth of French fries yearly, whereas the potatoes used in making French fries is available locally.

The fast food operators and super markets have now been forced to cut their importation by virtue of the exchange rate policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Just as well! There is a better variety of potato in Nigeria and government should even ban the importation of the product.

Not only that, Nigeria has yams or other tubers that could be harnessed to serve as substitute.

It is obvious that policies and institutional barriers constitute a major hindrance to Nigeria's agricultural development and agro-based industry. Apart from lack of commitment, there is no policy thrust for the fabrication of instruments for processing agricultural products and adding value. Besides, epileptic power supply is a major handicap.

Nigerians certainly have no business importing food items or going hungry if the right policies and structures are put in place.

www.guardian.com.ng

Agriculture

fepsan gif4

Fertilizer Brands in Nigeria

Vinaora Nivo Slider 3.xVinaora Nivo Slider 3.xVinaora Nivo Slider 3.xVinaora Nivo Slider 3.xVinaora Nivo Slider 3.xVinaora Nivo Slider 3.xVinaora Nivo Slider 3.xVinaora Nivo Slider 3.xVinaora Nivo Slider 3.x

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

Upcoming Events

  • International Training Organized by IFDC & IFA, Date: October 2 – 6 2017, Venue: Marrakesh, Morocco. Read more
  • International Conference Organized by I-conference / OCP, Date: October 18 – 19 2017, Venue: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Read more
  • 3rd AFAAS Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week 2017, Date: 30 October to 3 November 2017. Venue: Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.  Read more
  • IFDC’s 2-week USA Training & Study Tour, Dates: August 21 – September 1, 2017, Venue: USA (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.)  Read more
  • AGRIKEXPO & NABG Conference 2017, Date: September 25-27, 2017. Venue: International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria,.Read more
  • 31st Annual Argus FMB Europe Fertilizer conference, Date: 18 – 20 October 2017, Venue: W Hotel in Barcelona. Read more.
  • Urban Agri Summit 2017, Date: 7th - 8th September, 2017, Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more
  • IFDC International Training Program, Date: November 6-10, 2017, Venue: Arusha, Tanzania. Read more
  • 5th Addis Agrofood Agriculture, Agricultural Machineries, Food, Food Technologies and Packaging Exhibition, Date: 08-11 December 2017, Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read more

Guests Online

We have 76 guests and no members online

Fepsan Members

  


      
         

 

    


     
                                                   

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...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Contact

2nd Floor Bank of Industry Building
18 Muhammad Buhari Way, Kaduna, Nigeria.
Mobile: +234 (803) 3174409
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2nd Floor Bank of Industry Building 
18 Muhammad Buhari Way, Kaduna, Nigeria. 
Mobile: +234 (803) 3174409...................sssss