Nigeria Government Clamps Down On Fake Fertiliser Producers

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The Federal Government has clamped down on fake and adulterated fertilizer producers in Kano State, in line with Government’s commitment to ensure quality production of fertilizers and farm inputs, geared towards achieving food and nutritional security.

A statement on Friday from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(FMARD), explained that a team led by the Director, Farm Input Support Services Department, FMARD, Mr. Kwaido Sanni, along with the personnel of the Police and Directorate of State Services(DSS) embarked on the sealing of these illegal outfits in Kano State.

The statement explained that the operation of the Taskforce took place on Wednesday and Thursday, this week, in various Local Government Areas of Kano State.

The release stated that the raid was in line with the National Fertilizer Quality Control Regulations of 2020, Section 43, Sub-section 1 of the Constitution, which empowers Farm Input Support Services Department (FISSD) to carry out stop sale order on companies defaulting the law against adulteration and sharp practices in the fertilizers sub- sector.

Sanni stated that the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act 2019 and Regulations 2020, would ensure that any individual doing the business must register with the Farm Inputs Support Department of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and also possess the requisite facilities to operate in the sector.

The Director maintained that most of the fertilizer companies did not want to carry out the process because they knew that they were not qualified, which was the reason behind the clamp down on the affected companies.

He therefore, warned those who engage in the illegal business to stop or face the wrath of the law.

In his remarks, the Fertilizer Quality Control Officer, FISSD, Mr. Sunday Oke during the inspection, observed the prevalence of adulterated/ fake fertilizer in the State.

He pointed out that the samples of the fertilizer would be collected and taken to Abuja for laboratory analysis to confirm compliance with the guaranteed analysis.

According to him,”If any individual wants to do business in the fertilizer sector, that individual must be registered under FISSD.

It would be recalled that the Department had constituted the Joint Taskforce Team to monitor various fertilizer producers shops to find out if they producing fake/ adulterated fertilizers.

He said: “This is a field operation, not targeted at arresting people unnecessarily, but we try as much as possible to get the operators to comply with the provisions of the Act to enable them go back to their normal business”.

He stated that the first day, the team identified those shops, investigated and sealed the shops with a view to preserving the evidence found in those shops, “making sure that we come back and tell them what they are not doing right and the violation they have committed.”

Speaking further, the fertilizer Quality Control Officer revealed that the second day exercise was targeted at cases of diversion of government procured raw materials, noting that there was a provision of the Act that specifies that diversion of fertilizer is an offence.

According to him, ‘it is the reason we went to the market and saw cases of government Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, (PFI) raw materials being sold in the open market which is not supposed to be sold “.

He disclosed that those fertilizers were meant for local NPK Fertilizer Blending Plants in the country, revealing that it was a violation of the Act.

In the course of the inspection, the leader of Yandusa Market, Kano, Alhaji Shehu Akarami said, he had been in the fertilizer business for 40 years and needs the Federal Government’s support in the area of grants to boost his business.

One of the defaulters, Khalid Mohammed, Sabon Gari Market, Kano where about 800 bags of Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PTF) were discovered, said that he was not aware of the fact that it was wrong to sell the fertilizers.

Members of the Taskforce team were drawn from the Officials of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of State Security, DSS, Nigerian Police Force and members of the media.

Highlight of the event included the sealing of Al barka Agro Allied & Chemicals Ltd, Zara Limawa Kumboso LGA, Nagarta Agro Fertilizer, Zara town, Kumbotso LGA, Yendusa Market, Dogon-Gida Market, Singa Market, Sabon Gari LGAs of Kano State, among others.

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