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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
tuberous roots for over 50% of their daily caloric intake. It grows well in conditions of drought and low soil fertility prevalent in many African countries.

However, plant viral diseases can destroy up to 100 percent of a cassava crop yield, threatening livelihoods and leading to hunger. Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) destroys the edible roots even when rest of the plant looks healthy, and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) can stunt or kill plants outright.

Although it is an excellent source of calories, cassava does not contain sufficient levels of key nutrients such as iron and zinc to meet minimum daily requirements, especially for women and children. Iron deficiency anemia compromises the immune system, stunts growth and impairs cognitive development in children while deficiency in zinc causes increased risk of death from diarrhea, stunting and reduced cognitive development. In Nigeria alone, 75% of preschool children and 67% of pregnant women are anemic, and in sub-Saharan Africa an estimated 24% of the population are at risk of zinc deficiency due to inadequate dietary intake.

The VIRCA Plus Project
The VIRCA Plus collaboration is addressing these challenges by improving cassava in two important ways.

Disease Resistance
VIRCA Plus is developing cassava varieties that will be resistant to both Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD). Both diseases are spread by white-flies and by diseased cuttings that are unknowingly shared among farmers.

African and international organizations worked together during earlier phases of the VIRCA project (2005-2016) to develop cassava with strong and stable resistance to CBSD using genetic modification techniques. The VIRCA team conducted several confined field trials in both Uganda and Kenya, with the approval, oversight and guidance of government regulators.

The VIRCA Plus project now employs conventional plant breeding techniques to combine transgenic CBSD resistance with farmer-preferred cassava varieties that are already resistant to CMD. Field development and testing of these new varieties is ongoing in Kenya and Uganda to ensure that they control both plant diseases while producing good yields and maintain farmer preferences for taste, texture, processing and storage practices.

Nutritional Enhancement
VIRCA Plus is also developing cassava varieties that have elevated levels of both iron and zinc for improved nutrition, as well as resistance to cassava disease.

The BioCassava Plus project (2005-2016) succeeded in developing and testing cassava plants that accumulated greater than 10 times more iron and zinc than comparable varieties, using the tools of modern biotechnology. Field trials have shown that cassava roots could possibly provide 40-70% of the Estimated Average Requirement of these minerals for vulnerable women and children after processing into common African foodstuffs, such as gari and fufu.

Cassava varieties that are preferred by farmers and consumers in Nigeria and other West African countries will be the first targets for nutritional enhancement under VIRCA Plus.

Looking Ahead
Over the coming years, scientists will be developing, observing and assessing VIRCA Plus improved cassava varieties in government-regulated field trials and other evaluations required for products of modern biotechnology.

VIRCA Plus varieties will be released to breeders, farmers and ultimately to consumers in partner countries only after they have been thoroughly reviewed by government bio-safety agencies according to national frameworks and laws.

VIRCA Plus cassava varieties are expected to be available to farmers in a similar manner and cost to cassava currently available from national research organizations.
For more info: https://www.danforthcenter.org/docs/default-source/pdf/virca-plus-fact-sheet-final-2017_10.pdf?sfvrsn=0
https://www.danforthcenter.org/scientists-research/research-institutes/institute-for-international-crop-improvement/crop-improvement-projects/virca-plus

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Messages to Farmers

  • Apply fertilizer wisely to avoid wastageAttend trainings on fertilizer use and application
    Early purchase of fertilizer saves money
  • 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 values
  • Report adulterated fertilizer to the appropriate authority

Upcoming Events

  • 42nd International Phosphate Fertilizer & Sulfuric Acid Technology Conference, Date: 08 Jun 2018 - 09 Jun 2018, Venue: Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 United States Read more
  • The Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Symposium 2018, Date: August 21, 2018, Venue: Pretoria, South Africa Read more
  • African Green Revolution Forum 2018, Date: September 3-7, 2018, Venue: Kigaly, Rwanda Read more
  • AGRIKEXPO & NABG Conferences, 2018, Date: September 18 - 20 2018, Venue: International Conference Center, Abuja Read more
  • Argus Added Value Fertilizers Africa 2018, Date: September 18 - 20 2018, Venue : Cape Town, South Africa Read more
  • Bringing Balanced Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers Training, Date: November 19 - 23 2018, Venue : Abuja, Nigeria Read more
  • Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference, Date: September 24 - 26 2018, Venue: Cape Town, South Africa 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                           ||      ICA

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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.

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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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