Rice farm­ers warn FG against fer­tiliser im­por­ta­tion

The Punch - - INDUSTRY - Chima Azubuike, Gombe

RICE Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria, Gombe State chap­ter, has urged the Fed­eral Govern­ment to halt fer­til­izer im­por­ta­tion plans from Morocco and work to­wards re­viv­ing ex­ist­ing fer­til­izer blend­ing plants in the coun­try.

The Sec­re­tary of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Kala­gar Lubo, said this on Wed­nes­day in an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent.

He said in­stead of the govern­ment talk­ing about im­port­ing fer­til­izer, it would be best if mori­bund fer­tiliser blend­ing plants across the coun­try were re­vived.

He said, “We wish to ad­vise the Fed­eral Govern­ment to make in­ter­nal fer­til­izer blend­ing plants func­tional. even if we (farm­ers) will suf­fer for one year, govern­ment should re­vive fer­tiliser blend­ing plants.

“Let them en­cour­age and de­velop the in­ter­nal blend­ing plants. A lot of ad­van­tages lie in es­tab­lish­ing fer­til­izer blend­ing plants here. The govern­ment will mon­i­tor pro­duc­tion and sup­plies to farm­ers; farm­ers can en­joy sub­sidy and con­trol is easy. “

He fur­ther ad­vised the govern­ment to es­tab­lish its own blend­ing plants.

“In Gombe, we have the blend­ing plant but the raw ma­te­ri­als are not there. If they (govern­ment) can go ahead to pro­vide the raw ma­te­ri­als and pro­duce the same kind of fer­til­izer, then there is no need to im­port.”

Lubo added that the govern­ment would now have to ad­just and align with the poli­cies of other coun­tries if it re­lied on im­por­ta­tion.

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