Rice farmers warn FG against fertiliser importation
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.