The federal government has attributed Nigeria’s dominance of the African fertilizer space to the implementation of its policies regarding domestic production.
To date, the country has approximately 70 fertilizer blending plants with a combined capacity of over three million metric tons of NPK fertilizer across the country and production is expected to increase as more individuals invest in the industry.
Before the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) policy, most blending plants were down to less than 10. But now some states like Kano have up to 12, Kaduna has more than seven plants according to the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN).
For urea, the country has a capacity of more than 6 million metric tons above what the domestic market can absorb.
In a previous interview with Daily TrustFEPSAN Director General, Mr. Gideon Negedu, said Nigeria no longer imports fertilizer but is self-sufficient in urea.
“We are a net supplier and exporter of urea. We produce, we do not import a single bag of urea into Nigeria, it is prohibited. So we have the capacity as a country to produce six million tonnes of urea. Dangote’s capacity is about three million, Indorama is about 2.8. Last year alone, Notore, Dangote and Indorama produced about 2.2 million tons of urea, we consumed 1.3 tons of urea in Nigeria. So there are even too many if you ask me,” he said.
Sources from Notore, a leading producer of urea fertilizers, said the company was already supplying the regional market.
According to Mr. Devakumar Edwin, Executive Director, Strategy Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Group, Lekki, Lagos factory with a capacity of three million Dangote has started exporting urea-based fertilizers to the United States, India, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
A few days ago, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his delight that the era of the persistent shortage of fertilizers in the country is over, commending FEPSAN for its partnership with the government in the very patriotic retrograde integration project. improving the agricultural value chain.
The president said his administration has made efforts to limit overreliance on imports, ensure the availability of basic commodities and achieve self-sufficiency in the country’s food production.
“When this administration came to power in 2015, we focused on three key areas; Security, economy and fight against corruption.
“For every nation to experience peace and prosperity, its economy must be inclusive.
“For Nigeria, a predominantly agrarian nation, having an inclusive economy meant we had to prioritize improving our agricultural value chain.
“We quickly identified the persistent shortage of fertilizer as one of the main reasons for the low yields recorded on our farms.
“This historic fertilizer shortage was due to our overreliance on imports and ineffective government involvement in distributing this essential commodity to farmers,” he said.
CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said fertilizer remains a key element in achieving food security and in this regard the apex bank has continued to place high importance on its availability and accessibility by farmers to improve yield, productivity and ultimately production.
Emefiele disclosed that a total of over N114.09 billion has been disbursed to support the fertilizer industry over the past five years.
According to Emefiele, the CBN is working with industry majors, such as Dangote and Indorama, to ensure they sell urea at discounted prices to blending plants to ensure fertilizer prices are moderate. on the market.
“The bank will also work with blending plants to ensure blended fertilizers are made available to end user farmers at affordable prices,” he said.
Under the CBN Anchor Borrowers scheme, the CBN Governor said the bank has disbursed N941.26 billion to 4.2 million smallholder farmers growing 21 crops on 5.4 million hectares of land Across the country.
He added that for the 2021 rainy season scheme, the CBN disbursed N193.59 billion to 923,699 farmers growing seven commodities on 1.16 million hectares of land.
According to Emefiele, the CBN currently has a stock of fertilizer from the last planting season under the anchor borrower program to the tune of 1.95 million bags and has committed an additional 2.6 million bags to use during the 2022 program.