Kaduna: OCP Africa’s Flags Off Presidential Fertilizer Initiative

File photo: A cross section of farmers at the farmers field day in Bagadawa, Kano on Monday October 7, 2019.

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

OCP Africa’s a non governmental Agricbooster Organization has flagged off sales and distribution of 20,000 Presidential fertilizer initiative product MPK to 10,000 small holder farmers in four LGAs in Kaduna.

Regional Commercial Manager , Solomon Tanko said the local government areas included Igabi, Kauru, Kachia and Jaba.

Tanko said each farmer is entitled to two bags of NPK 20:10:10 at N4,500 per bag as against the recommended N5,000 per bag.”OCP  Africa is supporting each farmer with a subsidy of N1,000 and a total subsidy of 10, million for 1,000 farmers.

“Besides providing fertilizer to farmers, OCP Africa is providing training on gap to 1,000 lead farmers who will further Cascade down training to 900 farmers.

“To ensure that this gap training is adopted, OCP Africa has engaged the services of hand valid Nigeria Limited together with our partners Kaduna Agricultural Development Extension Agency  agents to carry out monitoring and evaluation that will guarantee good yield.

He added that right extension agents will be supported with motorbikes to facilitate extension services and four agric promoter will be supported with four tricycles for redistribution.

“We are confident to say that the convid-19 intervention shall create 84 jobs for the people of kaduna state from loading, security, storekeeper and extension agents.

In her remarks, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Halima Lawal commended OCP Africa and call on farmers to utilize opportunity .
In his remarks, the state coordinator of OCP Africa Isaac Odey said   OCP Africa’s Palliatives Plan to Support Smallholder Farmers to cushion the effect of the COVID – 19 pandemic on Food Security.

Odey said  OCP, one of the leading companies in the global production and exportation of phosphate-based fertilizers is providing a series of palliatives to support smallholder farmers across several states of Nigeria in order to mitigate the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the current farming season through ensuring distribution and access to subsidized fertilizers and other farm inputs, training and extension services, access to markets, and access to digital technology, all in a bid to increase crop yield and ensure food security as the 2020 farming season commences. 
“This initiative underscores OCP Africa’s commitment to the Federal and State governments of Nigeria in the drive to curtail the spread and adverse effect of COVID-19 pandemic across the country.”
” In choosing to initiate the COVID-19 response, OCP Africa saw a need to partner with governments at Federal and States levels at ensuring that the Agricultural sector is supported during this global pandemic and national food security is guaranteed.
” However, the need to support the livelihood and productivity of rural smallholder farmers in this difficult period is uppermost in OCP Africa’sstrategy which particularly supports the many efforts of Government in ensuring not only an Agric-revolution but also food security.
“As part of the initiative, OCP Africa will be working with the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative and Blending Plants under the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria(FEPSAN) to access its NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer and sell at a subsidized price to farmers.
He said under the COVID-19 response initiative, OCP Africa would be reaching over 50,000 smallholder farmers across 11 states of Nigeria through setting up over 25 outlets situated within agricultural producing zones for the major food supply chains which includes Maize, Rice, Sorghum, Tomatoes and Soybeans; creating 525 direct jobs for people in the community.


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