The Federal Government has placed telephone numbers on each of the 20 million 50kg bags of fertilizer ready for supply to farmers in Nigeria before the end of June 2017 for value addition.
Chairman, Presidential Fertiliser Committe and Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru, said this in Kaduna State.
He said the whistle- blowers can call to raise the alarm if any agro dealer sells the product to farmers more than N5,500 during the distribution of the product.
He also disclosed that one million metric tons of fertilizer would be made available to farmers from 11 fertilizer blending plants in the country this farming season.
Governor Badaru said the 11 plants will produce 20 million of 50kg bags of fertilizer to be sold to farmers during the farming before the end of June.
He said with the production from the plants, the era of hoarding fertilizer is gone, as the 11 fertilizer blending companies are producing across the country at a rate that the market will be saturated with the products.
The Presidential Committee, which was led by Badaru and Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Abba Kyari, were later joined by the minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu and that of state for aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika to inspect fertilizer blending plants in Kaduna State.
Speaking shortly after the tour of Fertilizer and Chemicals Company, Abakpa and Federal Superphosphate Fertiliser Company Ltd.
Kakuri, the Presidential Fertilizer Committee warned that the era of diverting fertilizers is gone, as people who engage in such act would be losers.
Governor Badaru said: “The project is working very well and the farmers are happy, they are getting fertilizers at a very good price and very available too.
Nobody believed we will get to this stage when we started, but you have seen the development so far, how fertilizer has started becoming available everywhere.
And we intend to continue because there is no subsidy element, because the business men, the private sector are involved in this, it is well sustainable and it will continue.
“From the plant, the fertilizer is being sold to the agro dealers at the rate of N5,000 per bag, and after deducting transport, they shouldn’t sell more than, N5,500.
There are telephone numbers on each bag for whistle blowers to raise alarm if any agro dealer sells the product to them more than N5,500. Such dealer will be prosecuted.
This project is going to distribute one million metric tons of fertilizers, which amount to 20 million bags.”
“This is a great improvement, because last year, all the fertilizers consumed in Nigeria were 300,000 metric tons. So, this year we are producing 700,000 tons over what was consumed last year.”
The Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), President, Mr. Thomas Etuh, said that the project had in the last six months saved Nigeria N260 billion hitherto spent on subsidy and foreign exchange to import the product.
Commenting on the fertilizer project, Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), one of the collaborative agents, Mr. Uche Orji, said, 1.3 million bags of fertilizers have already been sold across the country, while another 1.6 million bags have been released.