The annual fertilizer market prices were collected from January to December 2010-2015. Fertilizer Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) and thirteen data collectors in different states (Two from each geo political zone and one where FEPSAN is located) worked in collaboration to collect this information.
As part of efforts to increase private sector investment in agriculture, the Nigerian Agricultural Business Group (NABG) and 151 Product, stakeholders in the sector are making plans to ensure synergy between farmers, government and the European Union. The Chairman of 151 Product, Sam Ohuabunwa, who stated this yesterday during the ongoing AgrikExpo in Abuja, said lack of information by farmers is the bane of the sector.
Innovation in application of fertilizer makes a Novo Ecijano farmer a record maker in hybrid rice yield.
Edgardo “Jose” Marcelo, 51, from Barangay Triala, Guimba, Nueva Ecija, harvested 16.63 metric tons (MT) per hectare in the last harvest season after mixing organic to inorganic fertilizer on Hybrid SL-8H, agriculture experts reported. Marcelo’s yield in the last dry season was 308 cavans from his 1.3 hectare farm. This effectively hit 297 cavans per hectare as bagging was at more than 60 kilos per cavan.
Beside low food production that hallmarked the continent's agrarian economy, post-harvest losses have become the major challenge besetting the quest for food security. But the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has reiterated the importance of policy regulations to end the losses in the continent that spends $35 billion on food imports each year.