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Dangote Fertiliser Crucial To Govt Agricultural Agenda ― Agric Minister

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Sani Ibrahim
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa,University
Agricultural economics and extension
100Level, Nigeria.
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Alhaji Sabo Nanono
The Federal Government has asserted that Dangote Fertiliser
Limited is very important to the achievement of its Agricultural
Transformation Agenda, aimed at boosting food security in the
country.
Besides, the construction of the Fertiliser plant has been fully
completed and is set for commissioning in the next few
months.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji
Muhammad Nanono, who stated this during a facility tour of
the Dangote Fertiliser plant in Lagos, at the weekend, called on
the company to assist the Federal Government’s agricultural
mechanisation scheme, as well as extension services for small
scale farmers.
According to him, Dangote support is needed for the success
of the mechanisation scheme, which, he said, is expected to
cover 632 local government areas across the nation.
“It is very clear that Dangote, in one way or the other, will help
in this programme of the government,” he said.
Nanono said Aliko Dangote’s investment in fertiliser
production would contribute to improved farm yields and
agricultural productivity, which are critical to Nigeria’s long-
term food security.
The minister commended Dangote for keying into the
government’s Presidential Initiative on Fertiliser, aimed at
bringing down the cost of fertilisers across the country.
“The capacity of Dangote Fertiliser is enough to change the
way fertiliser is being used in this country. We are going to
complement his efforts and support him in this regard.
“The challenge of the supply of fertiliser will be solved by the
Dangote Fertiliser plant. I can now go home and sleep.”
According to him, the Federal Government wants to make
sure that Nigerians have enough food.
“We can only achieve the objective with enough fertiliser in the
country, and I am extremely proud of Aliko Dangote for what
he is doing in this country.
“I think no other person has probably done half of what he is
doing in the area of investment. If we can have just two of his
kind, this country will be completely different.
“I think all we have been trying to do, as far as agricultural
development is concerned, has been captured by the Dangote
Fertiliser plant. Nigeria has a potential for agriculture.
“Obviously, Dangote Fertiliser is going to help the government
and the farmers.”
Nanono stated that the small-scale farmers are going to
benefit from Dangote Fertiliser. “There is need for us to
support small-scale farmers, who have been helping the
government in respect to food security. Once the small-scale
farmers get all the necessary support, there will be agricultural
revolution in this country.
“Some of you will remember when the Federal Government
initiated a policy to support local production of rice in Nigeria,
and discouraged its importation. Some vested interests kicked
against it.
“The breakout of COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of
Nigerian borders have proved that the government took the
right decision regarding rice policy. Now, we are eating our
own rice.”

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