As Nigeria’s look forward for this year’s farming season four indigenous companies have collaborated to roll specified fertilizer brands for Nigerian soils as part of effort to boost agricultural produce and to ensure food security in the country.
The companies, Superphosphate Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Indorama and TAK said the brands were products of successful research for fertilizers suitable for Nigerian soils.
Four brands of soils specific fertilizers for the various soil topographies in Nigeria have however been rolled out by the collaborating companies.
Addressing newsmen on facility tour of their plants in Kaduna today, Chairman of Superphosphate Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Barr. Ibrahim Shehu Birma said the collaboration of the four companies was informed by the need to break away from imported fertilizers, most of whom are not suitable for Nigeria’s soils.
According to him, the distribution of the products had since started in the southern parts of the country, which experienced early rainfall, while that of the middle-belt and north have equally commenced just recently.
He said, with 4million metric tons production capacity per annum, the companies will meet the country’s annual fertilizer demand.
Speaking on the significance of the collaboration to food security, the Managing Director of Superphosphate Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Mr. Danjuma Abdul-Kadir said, unlike the imported fertilizers, which he described as stereotype fertilizers and not meant for Nigeria’s soils, their products were produced in line with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s specifications.
In his words; “The collaboration came as a result of research and development and a lot of scientific works done by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. They came up with the type of fertilizers to be used in Nigeria and we took up the challenge to produce them.
“It is based on those recommendations from the soil test, that we have marked the country into different fertilizer zones. That is why you see different brands of fertilizers being produced to meet different states’ demand.
“We have four brands of soils specific fertilizers for the various soil topographies in Nigeria. They are; 27-13-13, 20-10-10, 12-12-17 and 10-10-5.” He explained.
Abdul-Kadir however expressed strong optimism that, with the application of their soil specific brands, Nigeria will at the end of this farming season record improved yields and bumper harvest.