The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, has announced that the federal government of Nigeria should abandon fertilizer production so that the private sector takes full ownership of this issue, the Daily Trust said .
“ My position as Minister of Agriculture is now that the government should withdraw from the fertilizer space. Our role should be to control quality, price, delivery and availability. This should be the sole role of government, ”he says.
In the interview, the minister underlines that the situation of production and distribution has been catastrophic for 30 to 40 years, hence the need to be pragmatic in the management of this affair.
At the same time, he announced that 5 or 6 other factories should see the light of day soon and would be added to the 32 already existing factories. Recalling that Nigeria produces its own urea, he mentioned several units including Indorama which now produces 2 to 3 million tonnes per year, Dangote with 3 million tonnes also and which has an NPK line of 250,000 to 400,000 tonnes metric, as well as Notore. And the minister wondered: " Why should the government be concerned about the fertilizer issue?" ".
In addition, the country plans to develop its phosphate industry, which Sokoto and Ogun states have in abundance, and to stop fertilizer imports by 2023.
This announcement is made in a specific context. On Wednesday, Anthony Chiejina of the Dangote Group announced that their fertilizer plant - the largest in the world, according to the group - will go into operation before the end of December and not in July as previously announced, reports the News Agency. from Nigeria . The pellet plant - at a cost of $ 2 billion and a production capacity of 3 million tonnes per year - continued at the beginning of the year a phase of tests (Read: Dangote tests the operation of the largest fertilizer plant in the world ) which have fallen behind due to the global pandemic. Dangote plans to make Nigeria the sole urea exporter in sub-Saharan Africa.
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