The Federal Government has revealed that the country is well on her way to attaining self-sufficiency in the production of fertilisers.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, made this remark at the opening of a 3- day Workshop on the Operationalisation of the National Fertiliser Quality Control Act, 2019 at Orozo, Nassarawa State, on Tuesday.
According to Nanono, plans were in place to beef up fertiliser production in the country, particularly with the country’s 33 blending plants currently producing five million tons of fertiliser.
He assured that Nigeria will soon meet the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommended seven million tons required for optimum agricultural production.
Nanono was optimistic that the country will shortly be able to internalise fertiliser availability for the farmers, adding that they would properly utilise the 34 million hectares of cultivable land.
He said, “This reality attests to the fact that we can produce what we require in terms of enhancing and accelerating our food production capacity”
Nanono further stated that there was a big market for fertiliser blenders as well as other investors in the agro-allied industry.
He said that as soon as investors fully embraced the provisions of the National Fertiliser Law, the government would comfortably hand off fertiliser business.
The minister, however, pointed that the primary goal of the Fertiliser Regulatory System was to increase agricultural productivity for national food security.
“The Act, passed by the 8th National Assembly Committees on Agriculture is enacted to control and regulate the manufacture, production, blending, importation, sales and distribution of fertilisers in Nigeria”
“The National Fertiliser Quality Control Act, initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari, has ended a twenty-five-year dream aimed at boosting agricultural productivity in Nigeria.
“It attests to this administration’s resolve to reposition the agricultural sector to assume its rightful place in the national economy
“The enactment of this law has now created ample opportunity for fertiliser players in the country to reposition themselves and take advantage of the good and clear policy to grow their business,” Nanono said.
He, therefore, urged manufacturers of fertilisers to create demand for the input by taking it to the doorsteps of farmers to attain self-sufficiency.
Source: Agro Nigeria