The Executive Governor of Jigawa State and also Chairman, Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI), Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has stated that the Initiative would be beneficial to the farmers and also grow the economy through the production of NPK 20-20 Fertilizers using locally sourced materials.
Mohammed Abubakar disclosed this in Abuja during an interview session at the end of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative’s meeting with the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono in his office. He said through the production of fertilizers locally, the moribund fertilizer plants will be revived and it will in turn create employment for Nigerians.
The Governor said that his visit to the Minister was to brief him on the “preparation and planning for the production of fertilizers for the 2020 wet season”
Alhaji Abubakar further said that ‘’in order to improve on the production and ensure its availability and affordability to the Nigerian farmers, production will be increased and will be sold at a subsidized rate to the farmers, especially the NPK 20-20 , which is the most sort after by the farmers.
The governor also stated that the committee is considering the possibility of the exportation of the NPK 20-20 fertilizer, adding, “if it succeeds in getting phosphate in Sokoto and potash around Yobe, then there will be possibility of enriching its blend for export”.
The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) was flagged-off in December 2016 by President Muhammed Buhari and it is aimed at supporting the domestic blending of NPK fertilizer towards reducing the challenges of the Nigerian farmers. The Nigeria fertilizer Industry possesses a blending capacity of 4 million tons of NPK annually and 2 million tons of production for Urea, with the capacity to employ over 250,000 people both direct and indirect jobs across the country.
Samuel O. Uzoegbu
For: Director Information FMARD 19TH September, 2019.