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Presidential Fertilizer Initiative Programme has commenced. Eleven blending plants are in now in full operation in different locations across the country. The fertilizer will be sold to farmers at a price of N5,500 per 50KG bag only by State Governments, registered distributors and dealers registered with FEPSAN. Intrested distributors/dealers to participate in the scheme can register with any of the blending plants and at FEPSAN office at No 1. NIDB Building, Muhammadu Buhari way, Kaduna. Whistle blower Nos: 08175777724, 08175077773

The minister made this known in Abuja, on Wednesday, at a meeting with a management team from Namel and John Deere International Agriculture Equipment Company.
Ogbeh said that the procurement which would be under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, was aimed at providing mechanised services for farmers as a strategy in facilitating farming endeavours that will boost food production in the country.
He disclosed that a tractor costs an average of N12 million adding that the country would need about one million tractors to enable it to meaningfully engage in effective agriculture within the next 10 years.
The minister also noted that the tractors would have a range of 65, 75, 83 horsepower respectively.
“We want to render mechanised services to smallholder farmers who are in the majority and sometimes, we can subsidise the services at a lower level.
“We will acquire 10,000 tractors in the next five years at an average cost of N12 million per tractor but there are smaller ones that cost less.
“The smallholder farmers are not expected to buy the tractors but they will rely on service providers who will render services to them during the planting season at a 5 per cent lower rate than the market price.
“We want to take the financial and mechanical burden off the farmer so that he can spend as little as N15, 000 on his ground tilling in a year.
“And because we have done soil tests, we have given the farmer rice seeds, we have taught the farmer how to farm, the farmer, therefore, spends little energy and just watches his or her crops grow.
“We can even wait for the harvest season for the farmers to pay for these services,’’ he said.
In his remark, the President of John Deere, Mr Mark Von-Pentz, said the partnership was an opportunity for the nation to fast-track its agricultural production.
“You have natural resources, good land, good rainfall and climate.
“Nigerian farmers are knowledgeable, motivated and passionate; what we have can double easily the output of their farms, we are looking forward to partner with Nigeria.
“We believe in the country and we believe we have solutions which we can use to make Nigeria to prosper in the near future,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of John Deere, Mr Jason Brantley, also said that the partnership would facilitate Nigeria’s efforts in attaining food security.
Brantley noted that the key objective of the company was to bring smart agricultural practices to the country by assisting smallholder farmers to acquire technology, while expanding their access to finance and mechanised equipment.
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Messages to Farmers

  • Apply fertilizer wisely to avoid wastage
  • Attend trainings on fertilizer use and application
  • Obtain quality fertilizers from reputable suppliers especially FEPSAN distributors
  • 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 values
  • Report fertilizer adulteration to the appropriate authority

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Chicason Group          ||      Dangote
CountrySTAT              ||     Farm Cafe Nigeria
FAO                            ||      USAID
IFDC                           ||      NABG
World Bank              ||     AFDB
IFAD                           ||     JICA

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