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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

It was organised by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The workshop is aimed at identifying systematic and sustainable pathways of improving cassava productivity and reducing drudgery through mechanisation and good agricultural practices in the country. Besides, the participants are to think through policies that would build an economically sustainable and commercially viable business case for individuals, for profit-equipment importers and mechanisation service providers. Cassava is a staple crop for the 350million people in Sub-Sahara African, accounting for 55 per cent of the world’s cassava production.Although Nigeria is acknowledged as the highest cassava producer in the world with over 50million metric tonnes per year, the output per unit area is still very low (11 metric tonnes per hectare) as compared to over 22 metric tonnes per hectare recorded in South East Asia. Onanuga affirmed, “Nigeria remains the largest producer of cassava in the world, but the level of productivity along the cassava value chain is still undesirable… Raising productivity along the entire value chain of cassava in Ogun State in particular and Nigeria in general, is therefore, of immense importance.” Onanuga disclosed that AATF, “working among smallholders as well as commercial farmers ate in the past four years, through her cassava mechanisation and agro-processing projects (CAMAP) had succeeded in introducing productivity solution to cassava production.” The Director, Technical Operations of AATF, Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin, told journalists that “Among the main objectives of this workshop is to try to find a way to make mechanisation accessible to farmers.” According to him, “We are using individual approach, where we meet famers, who really have the wherewithal to be able to reach us. But we know that not all farmers can do that, so we are also using the clusters approach, where we put famers together, we are using government existing projects, like the FADAMA project. We are using also internationally funded projects with all these; we hope to really reach millions of farmers. “ Enock Chikava, Deputy Director, Agricultural Development at the Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation, also told journalists, “We operate in several areas, we are in global health, agriculture; we work in nutrition, we also work in financial services for the poor, we work in water as well as sanitation. “But now, we are focusing more on agriculture development, particularly looking at the uses of cassava within and outside Nigeria. “Cassava is a very important crop, it is an important food, an important staple crop with almost 3.5million hectares of land, but the yield here is very low, what the average farmers are getting here (Nigeria) is 12 tonnes per hectare compared to some other successful cassava producing countries, like Brazil that is already around 40 tonnes. This means there is a huge opportunity and there are several ways we can do that.” Chikava continued, “We need to come up with newer and better varieties of cassava that will give you a much needed bigger yield potential. One of our roles at the Foundation is to identify where the gaps are and we have realised already that in terms of research and development, there is not much private money getting into agriculture research, especially for crops like cassava. “So within the past 10 years, we have been involved in research and then working with the CG system and ITA which is based here in Nigeria, in Ibadan, which have been doing a lot of great work in coming up with better, yielding cassava varieties.” “Right now, we are beginning to see big companies like Flour Mill of Nigeria, Dangote Flour Mill and other companies who are now exploring places where cassava is traditionally grown.”A member of AATF, Mr. George Marechera, noted that “In the recent past, AATF and other organisations have developed programmes in Nigeria and other African countries aimed at demonstrating that a package of technologies, including mechanisation of planting, weed control and harvesting can triple cassava productivity for small-scale farmers.”
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  • 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.
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  • Allow your crops to fully mature to get quality and value
  • Report adulterated fertilizer to the appropriate authority

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