Four indigenous companies have collaborated to roll out specified fertilizer brands for Nigerian soils to boost the nation’s agricultural produce and ensure food security.
The companies, Superphosphate Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Indorama and TAK said the brands were products of successful research for fertilizers suitable for Nigerian soils.
Speaking to newsmen on facility tour of the plants in Kaduna yesterday, Chairman of Superphosphate Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Birma said the collaboration of the four companies was informed by the need to break away from imported fertilizers, most of whom are not suitable for Nigeria’s soils.
According to him, the distribution of the products had since started in the southern parts of the country, which experienced early rainfall, while that of the middle-belt and north have equally commenced just recently.
He said, with 4 million metric tons production capacity per annum, the companies will meet the country’s annual fertilizer demand.
Speaking on the significance of the collaboration to food security, the Managing Director of Superphosphate Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Mr. Danjuma Abdul-Kadir said, unlike the imported fertilizers, which he described as stereotype fertilizers and not meant for Nigeria’s soils, their products were produced in line with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s specifications.
In his words; “The collaboration came as a result of research and development and a lot of scientific works done by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. They came up with the type of fertilizers to be used in Nigeria and we took up the challenge to produce them.
“It is based on those recommendations from the soil test, that we have marked the country into different fertilizer zones. That is why you see different brands of fertilizers being produced to meet different states’ demand.
“We have four brands of soils specific fertilizers for the …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot