By: Kazeem Biriowo
MUHAMMAD Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development says his ministry has established an online portal called the National Fertilizer Management Platform for the registration of Fertilizer dealers in Nigeria.
The initiative was developed through the Ministry’s Department of Farm Inputs Support Services (FISS).
He stated that the Initiative would ensure accessibility, transparency, accountability among fertilizer value chain players in order to create sanity in the fertilizer space.
Speaking during a workshop on Operationalization of the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act held in Abuja, Monday, Nanono stated that the portal would strategically guarantee that all relevant stakeholders are properly and adequately guided on the use of fertilizers.
He noted that the training of stakeholders on fertilizer code of practice, product handling, use and management practices is targeted to equip the officials for advisory services to farmers, even as they visit to buy fertilizers.
He identified need for robust public awareness campaign and continuous sensitization of the public on the fertilizer regulatory system.
The Minister further tasked all fertilizer players to re-double their efforts and run their businesses in line with the provisions of the NFQC Act and the fertilizer Regulations.
He assured the Ministry would provide the necessary support and assistance needed for the stakeholders to carry on their legitimate business unhindered.
“Mr President has created ample opportunities for you the fertilizer players to reposition yourself to take advantage of the good and clear policy environment to grow your businesses,” Nanono stated.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Dr Abdulkadir Mu’azu, said the workshop was to discuss critical areas of the fertilizer Act to enhance understanding of the operations of the fertilizer regulatory system.
Mu’azu, represented by Director in the Permanent Secretary ‘s office, Engr. Mohammed Bello said the interest of the Ministry was not to watch individuals violate the law and pay penalties but to ensure maximum compliance in order to grow the local fertilizer industry and the agricultural sector.
The Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services, Hon. Dandutse Muntari pointed out that the Act was enacted to protect farmers interests against nutrient deficiencies and adulteration.
He disclosed that it would promote investments of fertilizer industry players as well. The lawmaker further assured the ministry of the National Assembly’s support on the implementation of the Act.