The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has advocated for a more strategic partnership and robust collaboration with stakeholders in the fertilizer industry.
He made this known over the weekend, during a working visit to the facility of Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited (IEFCL), located at Eleme in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that this was a welcome development as farmers were hoping the government subsidise fertilizer to ensure the success of this year’s planting season as rainfall started late.
Nanono lauded Indorama for its massive supply of Urea fertilizers to over 70% of farmers in Nigeria as well as using its blending plants for the production of NPK fertilizers at a subsidized price to Smallholder farmers.
He further commended the organisation for going beyond the sale of Urea fertilizer to farmers, to engaging in extensive Agronomy and Agricultural Extension Services and other laudable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) across the country geared towards improving the quality of lives of the farmers and food production.
According to him, ‘’ the company is deeply embedded in the agricultural transformation agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration and the Nation’s Economic Development in general.”
Nanono expressed satisfaction with Indorama for its excellent environment, production capacity, creating employment and providing business opportunities for Nigerian graduates, artisans, farmers and entrepreneurs.
Mr. Munish Jindal, Chief Executive Officer of Indorama Fertilizer stated that the vision of the company was to build the largest petrochemicals and fertilizer hub of Africa in Nigeria and to empower the Nigerian farmers by ensuring the production of quality fertilizer.
Nanono acknowledged that the company has been a strategic partner in the development of the agricultural sector, especially in the supply of fertilizer products like NPK, UREA and DAP to farmers across the country.
He reiterated that a collaboration would ensure its affordability, increased production, self – sufficiency, easy access to products by the farmers and ultimately achieve food security.