OCP Africa, in partnership with Kwara State Government, has begun the distribution of NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer to 3000 smallholder farmers in Kwara State to boost Rice production.
OCP Africa, one of the leading companies in the global production and exportation of phosphate-based fertilisers, is working within the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) of the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is also working with Blending plants under the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria (FEPSAN) to contribute to the PFI objectives of providing access to locally produced NPK 20:10:10 fertiliser for smallholder farmers.
Mr Isaac Odey, Business Development Officer, OCP Africa Nigeria, said during the flag off of distribution of the fertilizers in Kwara State that the intervention was to support the Federal and state governments’ efforts in ensuring food security in the country.
Aminu Adisa Logun, Chief of Staff to Kwara State Governor, said the distribution of subsidized fertilisers in Kwara would enable the state to regain its lost glory in rice production and attain food security.
‘We are giving our farmers the necessary support to make the state among farming states feeding the nation. Kwara happened to be the first place to produce Rice in Northern Nigeria in those days. So, we’re bringing back the glory in Rice production.
You can see the path the governor and the government have been taking since we came in. It is all about service to the people. In Edu, their main occupation is farming, so we’re giving them the facilities needed to ease their farming activities. We have given our farmers Tractors, now we’re supporting our farmers through OCP Africa, with subsidized fertilisers and by next year, we will double what we are giving them this year.
We want all these bags of fertilisers to be used here in Kwara. Please try and manage all these items very well. I want to assure you that this time next year we will do much better than this’ he said.
Logun also charged OCP Africa to move its production to the state to make more impacts in the lives of the farmers through improved yields and other agronomic practices.
Technical Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture Abdulquawiy Olododo also said the gesture is being extended to the Kwara State Government by OCP Africa under the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative.
‘This programme will be reaching out to 3000 farmers in Edu Local Government Area. Each of the subsidised fertiliser will be sold at the rate of N4,500 per bag to our farmers. Each farmer is entitled to two bags of fertiliser – NPK20-10-10 – to ensure food security in the state’ he said.