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certfBy Khalid Isah
The Fertilizer Producers & Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) issued certificates to registered dealers and distributors in Nigeria on Thursday the 10th of August 2017

during a programme held at Unity Conference hall of Hamdala Hotel, Kaduna.

The event was attended by registered Fertilizer distributors and and dealers, producers, executive members and FEPSAN Staff, news men, organizations and general public.
After a welcome address by FEPSAN Executive Secretary Ahmad Rabiu Kwa, Mr Thomas Etuh, represented by Mr. Val Nwandu, spoke on the idea which brought about the forming of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative Programme of President Muhammad Buhari.
Mr Val said the idea is to have food sufficiency in the country, provide jobs and to cut government spending on importation of fertilizers. He added that it is through sufficient fertilizer supply and distribution, that poor people, which covers 99% of the population, can be helped out of hunger and poverty.
He said this can only be achieved by providing local farmers with sufficient fertilizers at affordable price- the idea which breed the Presidential Fertilizer programme of President Buhari. For the programme to succeed, he added, the presidential committee on fertilizer Chaired by Jigawa state governor involved FEPSAN in it in addition to other members which include NSIA, CBN, and NNPC.
Mr Val said part of the benefits of the programme include:
- The Fertilizers are mainly produced from Local raw materials while only necessary ingredients are being imported from Morocco after signing an create economic activities.
- Six million bags have so far been produced and sold locally.
- Eleven blending plants are now in full operation at full capacity with more to come into operations shortly.
- 50,000 jobs created directly with 125 more jobs indirectly.
- Reviving of blending plants that were neglected due to lack of production.
On the problem being faced by programme, Mr Val Nwandu said they include lack of good roads, sufficient trucks and lack of storage facilities for raw materials and finished products. Other problems he mentioned include congestion at Port which brings about delay in transporting raw materials on time to plants.
On the way forward Mr Val said the programme will reach a level that agro dealers will be in total control without government interference, that is, fully privatized. He further said more plants will be set up across all the states in order to bring the fertilizers closer to farmers in their localities.
He concluded that sector will 100% be private and that different types of fertilizers will be produced to cater for different crops and soils.

On his part the FEPSAN Vice President Alhaji Saidu G. B. Zakari, said the success of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative programme depends largely on honesty and patriotism. He therefore called on dealers and distributors to comply with strict guidelines that have been set up.

He said dealers and distributors must ensure the following:
- Honesty and patriotism are upheld
- Selling of 50 kg at N 5,500 without increasing the price
- Fertilizers are sold to intended farmers
- No hoarding and adulteration and to keep proper records and inventory of products.

There was also interactive session after the lectures as complaints are addressed. Some issues were raised by the participating distributors such as delay in getting supply and price increment by blending plants. FEPSAN promised to look into and treat the issues and complaints raised by the participants.
During the last segment of the programme Certificates of Membership were issued to Distributors who came from various locations in the country.
At the end of the event group pictures were taken.

 issueing of certificates to registered members

 issueing of certificates to registered members

 issueing of certificates to registered members

 issueing of certificates to registered members

 issueing of certificates to registered members

 issueing of certificates to registered members

 issueing of certificates to registered members

 issueing of certificates to registered members

Reports

Reports about Fertilizer

Messages to Farmers

  • Obtain quality fertilizers from reputable suppliers especially FEPSAN members
  • Store unused fertilizer away from children, fire, rain and entry of foreign material.
  • Form groups/associations to benefit from group/association dynamics
  • Allow your crops to fully mature to get quality and value
  • Report adulterated fertilizer to the appropriate authority

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Mission

To provide a platform for the stakeholders in the public and private sectors of the fertilizer industry to develop effective public private partnerships in order to ensure timely supply of adequate quantity and quality fertilizers; and to promote professional, moral and ethical practices in the industry.

Vision

Attain improved productivity and environmental sustainability of Nigerian Agriculture through balanced and judicious use of fertilizers....Attain improved productivity and environmental sustainability of Nigerian Agriculture through balanced and judicious use of fertilizer...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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