‘’The new National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act and Regulations was enacted to protect the interests of local farmers against nutrient deficiencies, adulteration as well as the investments of fertilizer industry players’’.
The notable investors in the industry includes Indorama, Notore, Brass Fertilizer, and the upcoming Dangote Fertilizer.
The Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services, Hon. Dandutse Muntari Mohammed, stated this during a Workshop on Operationalization of the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act and Regulations held in Abuja.
He assured of the National Assembly’s support on the implementation of the Act.
At the event, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono , disclosed that the Ministry through the Department of Farm Inputs Support Services (FISS) has established an online portal called the National Fertilizer Management Platform for the registration of Fertilizer dealers in Nigeria.
He stated that the Initiative would ensure accessibility, transparency, accountability among fertilizer value chain players in order to create sanity in the fertilizer space.
Sabo Nanono stated that the portal would strategically guarantee that all relevant stakeholders are properly and adequately guided on the use of fertilizers.
“” The training of stakeholders on fertilizer code of practice, product handling, use and management practices, is to equipping you for advisory services to farmers as they come to buy fertilizers from you,” he said.
Nanono charged all the fertilizer players to re-double their efforts and carry on with their businesses in line with the provisions of the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act and the fertilizer Regulations’.”
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu, said that the purpose of this workshop was to discuss the critical areas of the fertilizer Act in order to enhance our understanding of the operations of the fertilizer regulatory system’’.
Dr. Mu’azu added ‘’ the interest of the Ministry is not to watch individuals violate the law and pay penalties but to ensure maximum compliance in order to grow the local fertilizer industry and the agricultural sector’’.