The Nation (Nigeria)

$13m Sokoto fertiliser blending plant for completion

- By Daniel Essiet

THE $13 million Sokoto fertiliser blending plant, will be completed in the first quarter of next year, The Nation has learnt.

The project, a partnershi­p between the Sokoto State government and OCP Africa Fertiliser­s Nigeria Limited (OCP Africa), a subsidiary of OCP Group, has a production capacity of 200,000 metric tonne(mt) yearly.

The plant is a part of Sokoto Agricultur­al Centre of Excellence designed with training facilities for farmers, fertiliser blenders and other stake holders in the agricultur­al value chain

Sokoto State has one of the largest deposits of high-quality phosphate in Nigeria, which makes the establishm­ent of the plant there a big step towards making fertiliser readily available and affordable to farmers in the state and the Northern region.

The Deputy Managing Director of OCP Africa Fertiliser­s Nigeria Ltd, Caleb Usoh, said work was ongoing to ensure the facility, which include a modern NPK fertiliser blending equipment, process building/warehouse, administra­tive building, trailer park, other ancillary facilities and a one stop shop for farmers to access training and farm input is completed on schedule.

The Centre is on 10 hectares of land at Kalambaina Industrial Layout in Wamakko Local Government. It would provide direct jobs for 75 persons and also serve as a centre of training for fertiliser manufactur­ers, farmers, and other members of the agricultur­al value chain.

On the whole, OCP Africa Fertiliser­s Nigeria has earmarked $42.4 million for three mega fertiliser blending plants.

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