Nasarawa to commence 100 tonnes per-hour fertilizer production
From Suleiman Lawal Lafia
Nasarawa State Government has concluded all the necessary arrangement for the commencement of production of 100 tonnes of fertilizer within an hour.
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of the state, who disclosed this when he paid an unscheduled visit to Lafia Fertilizer Blending Company situated along Makurdi Road, said his administration was committed to ensuring availability of the product to the teeming farmers with a view to enhancing food sufficiency in the state.
“Government is committed to ensure more availability of fertilizer to farmers in line with our people’s desire on food sufficiency as well as to support the Federal Government efforts towards food security as factors which led Nasarawa State Government in 2016 to go into plans that would see to the production of fertilizer for farmers,” said the governor.
Al-makura is optimistic that with the commencement of production at the plant, the state is capable of meeting the demand of its farmers within and beyond it.
He was satisfied with the work so far done at the fertilizer blending plant, which has opened a new vista in fertilizer production, thus noting the efficiency in promoting agriculture in the country as well as impacting agriculture in the state with the production of the product that would be tailored to the type of soil in the state.
He re-emphasised that the initiative was in line with the Presidential fertilizer commitments of the nation, which became a fertilizer production state whereby farmers in the country will not find it difficult in accessing the product, adding that with the completion and installation of the plants in Lafia, Akwanga and Keffi, the state would now produce 100 tonnes per hour.
Governor Al-makura pointed out that the fertilizer blending plants are located in Lafia, Akwanga and Keffi, while a modular plant is also set up at the state university for the Faculty of Agriculture.
The Triumph recalls that Nasarawa State government under the watch of Al-makura has made a frantic effort to revive all the fertilizer blending plans to ease farmers’ hardship in terms of procurement of the commodities.
Our correspondent reports that government had sunk billions of Naira for the establishment of such fertilizer plans in the three Senatorial Districts of the state.