Connect with us


FG lauds OCP Africa fertiliser palliative for 50,000 farmers in 11 states



FG lauds OCP Africa fertiliser palliative for 50,000 farmers in 11 states

The Federal Government has commended Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) Africa,  a Morocco-based phosphate fertiliser company for the distribution of fertilisers at subsidised rate to 50,000 farmers in 11 states of the country as Coronavirus (COVID-19) palliatives.

Alhaji Mustapha Shehuri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development conveyed government’s commendation on Tuesday at the official inauguration of OCP Africa fertiliser distribution to farmers in Karshi Development Area of Nasarawa state.

Shehuri said that the distribution of  subsidised fertiliser to about 50,000 farmers in eleven states was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive to pull the country out of poverty by providing the required supports and creating an enabling environment for private sector support, partnership and input.

“The laudable gesture being shown by OCP Africa fertiliser is not only commendable but worthy of emulation by other meaningful organisations and individuals operating in the country.

“I understand that similar gesture is being extended to other selected farmers in many places across eleven states in the country and covered 50,000 farmers with 2 bags of NPK fertilisers at N4,500 per 50kg bag,” he said.

He assured that government would continue to support such initiative due to the priority accorded the agriculture sector by President Buhari in his determination to diversify the sector, create more jobs and reduce poverty in the country.

“I wish therefore to once more commend the efforts of OCP Africa fertiliser Limited by identifying with us in achieving our national goals of providing good quality fertilisers to our teeming farmers across the country.

“I believe this laudable support will go a long way in enhancing the productivity and household incomes of the targeted farmers and contribute largely to the food security attainment of the nation in general,” he said.

He said that the federal government has put in place a National Fertiliser Quality Control (NFQC) Act and Regulations to ensure that the quality of fertilisers being produced and sold to farmers in the country is in line with the prescribed standards in terms of quantity and quality.

“My ministry will ensure that the Act and Regulations are fully implemented in order to safeguard the hard earned investment of the teeming farmers of this country,” he said.

Speaking to newsmen, Mr Caleb Usoh, Country Manager of OCP Africa said that states benefiting from the gesture include Kaduna, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Kwara, Niger, Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi, Abia, Ogun and Kano.

He explained that the company’s gesture is to alleviate the challenges facing poor farmers as a result of  the harsh effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We understand what farmers across the country are passing through. So, the best we could do is to sustain farmers who are actually the consumers of agriculture inputs to make sure that their livelihood are not adversely affected.

“This is our own gesture to make sure their businesses are still economically viable.

“We are doing this with many stakeholders, federal ministry of agriculture, state governments, blending plants and many other partners in the agriculture value chain,” he said

He said that the company decided to take the fertilisers to farmers in their localities in order to ease their transportation burden and long travels to access the commodity.

In a goodwill message,  Mr Idris Mohammed, representing Wazobia Farmers Association in Karshi, expressed gratitude to the company for the provision of the fertilisers at a subsidised rate.

Mohammed, however, appealed for the provision of tractors and other farm inputs  to support poor farmers.

Edited By: Nick Nicholas and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

Olukayode Babalola: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

Tanker drivers start strike Monday as talks with LASG end in deadlock NCDC confirms 437 new COVID-19 case, total of infection hits 46,577 Apapa will open to traffic in October — LASG Halep to decide on United States Open after Prague event Gov. Fayemi mourns ex-Ekiti lawmaker, Fakiyesi Vettel says Ferrari messed up with nonsensical strategy Ekiti Govt paying lip service to healthcare delivery, say striking doctors Resumption: Academy wants COVID-19 protocol funds released directly to schools Willian confirms exit from Chelsea after 7 years Anglican Bishop urges govts to save SMEs from collapse For Europe’s “super clubs”, UEFA Champions League determines all YYA sues for peace in Ondo Assembly, condoles with Ogun over Kashamu Ilorin communities appeal to Gov. AbdulRazaq over damaged culvert NPFL 2019/2020 season: Rivers United still insisting they finished second, not third Imo Assembly restates commitment to local production through effective legislation CAN President urges FG to overhaul security apparatus  Osun: Police dismiss inspector for allegedly brutalising tailor, causing death Nimet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday Sanwo-Olu gives hospital’s management 7-day ultimatum to remove trucks, containers FG supports Imo farmers with 20,000 cocoa seedlings, other improved seeds COVID-19: Low attendance, strict compliance greet church re-opening in Lagos Ex-Rep wants Obaseki impeached over alleged breach of constitution NMA charges state branches to uphold values to protect members Unknown assailants kill Gov. Obiano’s aide on security DG APC Governors Forum tasks membership on participation, registration  Banditry: Monarch urges govt. to adopt new strategies Cleric tasks worshipers on COVID-19 guidelines as church services resume Kwara records 7 new cases of COVID-19 Beauty queen pledges to showcase cultural heritage of Northern Nigeria Zamfara agency sensitises communities on World Bank projects maintenance, sustainability Don’t smoke away your babies, Gynaecologist warns PDP BOT Chairman seeks conduct of LG election by INEC Community policing: FCT minister advocates involvement of council chairmen, traditional rulers Former Police boss blames security challenges on corruption, bad governance Southern Kaduna attacks: Coalition tasks locals on credible information to military Delta communities want FG to revive abandoned projects Dabiri-Erewa says Dapo William’s death great loss to Nigeria Rev Okoye urges Nigerians to return to God, shun tribalism, other vices Commission pledges to eradicate illiteracy, poverty in North-East FG, ECOWAS to host biodiversity consultation on environmental protection Journalists Forum uncovers Nigerians in critical situation in Saudi Arabia NOA urges collaboration of traditional leaders in fight against COVID-19 APC in UK pays tributes to late Dapo Williams Ekiti Govt distributes protective materials ahead Monday’s school reopening Kogi govt extends schools’ fumigation to Eastern Senatorial district Buhari mourns UK-based Nigerian, Dapo Williams COVID-19: Mosques in Ekiti ready for reopening – NSCIA COVID-19: Churches in Lagos  reopen, record  low turn out after 20 weeks of lockdown Church re-opening: Cleric wants leaders ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines FCTA pledges support to Suleja smart city project