09 Feb 2020

No fertilizer in market, as planting season commences — Investigations

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As the 2020 planting season commences, investigations have revealed the country does not have enough fertilizer, a development posing serious challenge to farmers across the country.

This, according to reliable sources, is due to inability of fertilizer companies to import the product.

The Guardian learned the scarcity was largely due to the Federal Government’s refusal to grant waivers to importers of about 1.5million metric tonnes of fertilizer to ...

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07 Feb 2020

Moves to enhance growth, food security

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Strengthening agriculture and boosting exports competitiveness are strategies that can help transform the economy.

This was the position of the Africa Agric Expo held in Lagos.  Co-sponsored by NAHCO Aviance, the event highlighted the importance of strengthening competitiveness through diversification and value added exports.

Buoyed by favourable external conditions, agro exports had in the past helped to create jobs and earn the much-needed foreign exchange.

However, the country is vulnerable ...

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03 Feb 2020
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Buhari Queries Nanono over Fertilizer Import Waivers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has queried the Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, for issuing import waivers to some companies to import fertilizer into the country contrary to the presidential fertilizer initiative policy, which focuses on increasing local production capacity for the product.

The query came through the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, requesting explanations on the breach of presidential policy.

Nigeria and Morocco had signed a ...

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28 Jan 2020

Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism Governing Council calls for more investments in Africa’s fertilizer value chain

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The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism’s Governing Council closed its eighth meeting with a call for increased investment to boost agricultural yields and build the industry across the continent.

The Council met on 24 January at the Abidjan headquarters of the African Development Bank, which hosted the talks. The meeting was attended by  its 12 institutional members, who reviewed its 2019 activities and defined the body’s strategic direction for ...

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22 Jan 2020
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Africa’s producing more fertilizer, but it’s still not getting to all farmers

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For decades, fertilizer was too expensive for African farmers. It had to be imported, and transportation into the continent was expensive. 

Now, though, Africa is turning a corner toward producing fertilizer locally. A Moroccan company has signed a nearly $4 billion deal to build a fertilizer plant in Ethiopia. A Danish company is helping the Democratic Republic of Congo build a $2.5 billion fertilizer plant. The African Development Bank ...

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