By: Bamidele Fashube
The Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) says dealers in adulterated fertilizer will be prosecuted.
It said the practice has now been recognized as a criminal offence and as such, perpetrators if caught, would be jailed.
The Executive Secretary of FEPSAN, Mr. Gideon Negedu made the disclosure at a 2-day stakeholder meeting and capacity building on fertilizer system application for 100 Agro dealers held in Kaduna.
According to him, the fertilizer bill addresses issues of adulteration, use of inappropriate machineries, tools and racketeering.
“There is a law now that criminalizes adulteration, it is a crime to do adulteration, you will go to jail if you adulterate fertilizer.
To this end, he urged stakeholders to ensure that the right quality of fertilizer gets to customers.
“It cannot be everybody selling fertilizer again. We want to ensure that our dealers know what they are selling and they can properly recommend the right fertilizer to farmers,” he added.
Also, the representative of the Alliance for Green Revolution in African (AGRA), Chijioke Ndem said the fertilizer consortium will help minimize farmers buying fake fertilizer.