No­tore, Al-Yuma Ven­tures open Fer­tiliser ware­house in Ji­gawa

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Ab­dul­lahi Anako, Dutse

No­tore Chemical In­dus­tries, in part­ner­ship with Al-Yuma Ven­tures, one of their main dis­trib­u­tors, yes­ter­day, opened a fer­tiliser ware­house and also launched SPADE 11(Small Pack Dis­tri­bu­tion En­hance­ment) to make fer­tiliser ac­ces­si­ble to small scale farm­ers in Dutse, the Ji­gawa State cap­i­tal.

In his re­mark at the oc­ca­sion, Ona­jite Okoloko, the Group CEO of No­tore Chemical In­dus­tries, for­merly NAF­CON, said they are com­mit­ted to help­ing Nigeria and the African con­ti­nent be­come self-re­liant in food pro­duc­tion.

He said they were in Ji­gawa to re­joice with Al-Yuma Ven­tures build­ing the ware­house, adding that No­tore is the only fer­tiliser plant in Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa pro­duc­ing Urea and blended NPK fer­tiliser prod­ucts.

Okoloko said No­tore op­er­ates an ef­fec­tive and world class sup­ply chain struc­ture with over 100 dis­tri­bu­tion part­ners reach­ing 1.8 mil­lion farm­ers across Nigeria.

Al­haji Ali Yusuf, the owner of Al-Yuma Ven­tures, said his de­sire to open the ware­house was borne out of the quest to pro­vide farm­ers with af­ford­able fer­tiliser.

The Ji­gawa State Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture Al­haji Rabiu Isa Taura said Ji­gawa is one of the front­line states that keyed into the new fer­tiliser dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem(GES) in­tro­duced by the Federal Govern­ment, adding that the state govern­ment would ex­pend N1.5 bil­lion an­nu­ally for the sup­ply of agri­cul­tural in­puts to farm­ers at sub­sidised rates.

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