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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

Speaking at the session, 'Technology and Agribusiness: 'Why the future of farming is not farming', Mogaji said because many stories were untold, opportunities were not seen, connections were not made and partnerships were not formed.
According to him, despite the numerous opportunities Internet created, a huge vacuum still exist in terms of information about the sector available to investors and entrepreneurs in the industry, saying, "This information is not privy to the largesse, thus the reason for the huge loss of funds by agric entrepreneurs".
Narrating his experience, Mogaji, a former co-founder of FarmCrowdy, said: "In my case, I had been running FarmCrowdy offline for eight years and had lost over N40 million, however, when I partnered with Akumah (co-founder of FarmCrowdy), who is adept in digital marketing and the technology space, the story drastically changed. There was an upward twist as there were accolades of several recognition and achievements in one year running into dollars."
Corroborating him, the Founder/Chief Executive Officer, USAIFA, an agro-allied firm, Usman Ali Lawan, noted that digitization has availed more opportunities, adding that technology and digital media can be used for data collation, data management and forecasting that can translate into revenue in the agric sector.
According to him, 80 per cent of Nigerians lose their investment based on misinformation and panic farming. There is a constant concern of panic farming that leads to loss of funds and dividends. Social media grants people platform to share information, however there remains authentication of such information. “Agricultural practitioners should leverage on this channel to introduce the right practices, educate farmers and investors on good agricultural practices (GAP)," he said.
Speaking on other issues that inhibit development in the sector, he disclosed that lack of funding, poor policies, double taxation; among others limit the potential of the sector. “My success in agribusiness is because I equipped myself with the right knowledge, engaged practices that reduced cost of production and practiced bio-security measures.
"Also, other major factors are: post- harvest losses due to lack of processing infrastructure, post-harvest handling, logistics, therefore, 40 to 60 per cent of what we produce got lost. Meanwhile, at the session on: 'The closing gap between technology and humanity', Managing Director, PHD Media, Johannesburg, Wayne Bishop, said Nigeria is ready for the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
For him, change is eminent and it is best to evolve and be abreast of it. Bishop said the implication of this evolution will reflect on consumers as this technology would enable Nigerians to be more efficient, aiding people with explorations, agencies and marketing, as media agencies will can gather data for improved services and experiences. Speaking on the readiness of the Nigerian market for AI, Bishop noted that the country is a huge player considering its mobile penetration status.
"Nigeria has one of the highest mobile penetrations in the world with basic phones that perform the basic functionalities of any Smartphone. With this, AI will be operational," he said. Also, he noted that innovation in Nigeria is non-linear, as there has been apparent demonstration of improved technology, adding: "We have linear and non-linear innovation. Linear innovation is when we had a transition from radio to Walkman, to Discman, to minidisc, to MP3. It was basically an improvement of each technology."
"Nigeria is non-linear. Innovation truly comes from West Africa, East Africa and South Africa. This means that when virtual web comes here, it will leapfrog out of our desktops, websites and into other connecting devices to innovative forms and not necessarily in a linear form," he stated.
Speaking on the launch in Nigeria, Bishop noted that, the Nigerian market is ripe, riding on her independence from oil. Nigeria has been redefining herself due to the decline of oil prices and another factor is the strong enterprising spirit. "We had a soft launch in South Africa, however, this is the main launch in Africa," he said.
Corroborating him, Managing Director, PHD Nigeria Limited, Dozie Okafor, noted that technology is beyond the creation to utilization; technology is to be used. It does not really matter who created it, what matters, is how you use it to enable your work.
During the Beat 99.9 FM's session on how radio and television personalities influence people on social media, panelists called for presenters to watch what they post as they determine what their followers post on social media.
However, social media and innovations are boosting artists, making it easier to reach fans, get feedback and meet their needs. Beat FM also called for the public figures to post responsibly as it affects youths, who are constantly on social media.
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Messages to Farmers

  • Apply fertilizer wisely to avoid wastage
  • Attend trainings on fertilizer use and application
  • Obtain quality fertilizers from reputable suppliers especially FEPSAN distributors
  • 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 values
  • Report fertilizer adulteration to the appropriate authority

Upcoming Events

  • Fertilizer Outlook & Technology Conference, Date: 13 - 15 November, Venue: Jacksonville, Florida, USA Read more
  • Bringing Balanced Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers Training, Date: November 19 - 23 2018, Venue: Abuja, Nigeria Read more

Some Useful Links

Golden Fertilizer         ||     TAK Agro
Notore
                         ||      Indorama
Chicason Group          ||      Dangote
CountrySTAT              ||     Farm Cafe Nigeria
FAO                            ||      USAID
IFDC                           ||      NABG
World Bank              ||     AFDB
IFAD                           ||     JICA

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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.

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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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