From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
The Federal Government is currently gearing to deliver 12 million 50 kg bags of NPK fertilizer ahead of the rainy season.
The chairman of the presidential Fertilizer Innitiative, Governor Muhammed Abubakar Badaru dropped the hint yesterday while briefing news men in Dutse.
He explained that, already the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) has procured and imported enough phosphate and potash needed for the production of 12 million 50 kg bags of fertiliser while urea and fillers are being sourced locally.
Governor Badaru added that aside dropping fertilizer prices by at least 50% the presidential Fertilizer Initiative has gained substantial foreign exchange savings for the country.
According to him, between 2016 to 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has under the initiative delivered no fewer than 19 million 50 kg bags of NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer from two blending plants across 13 states.
He said the PFI is yet to recover from constrains being faced during the lock down imposed on intra states travels due to the covid-19 pandemic were there were challenges of evacuation and dispatch in Rivers state.
He said despite the prevailing constrains, 19 out of the 29 participating blending plants across the country are active while other blenders are expected to ramp up after completing their security clearance and documentations.
“we project that about 6 million 50 kg of NPK fertilizer will be available by mid June while we aim to complete 12 million bags in place for the wet season”, he stated.
The governor used the opportunity to announce the new fertilizer price from N5,500 to N5,000 per bag to serve as palliative as introduced by the President against the covid-19 pandemic.