BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja
Stakeholders in the fertiliser value chain have called on the National Assembly to ensure the speedy passage of the National Fertiliser Quality Control Bill into law even as they also advocated for immediate assent by President Muhammadu Buhari for implementation of the law.
This, according to the stakeholders, will increase fertiliser usage efficiency, increased farm outputs and as well stimulate agricultural development in the country.
The calls, among others, were contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day advocacy/policy dialogue for budgetary allocation to fertiliser quality control and monitoring in Nigeria, which held at the NICON Luxury Hotel in Abuja over the weekend.
Participants at the event, which were drawn from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Assembly, fertiliser producers, suppliers and agro dealers, organised farm groups, development partners, civil society organisations, technocrats, and media, in addition urged the government at all levels to show commitment to the provision of relevant infrastructure and funding for the implementation of the law when ready.
They noted the need for “regular consultation” with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in order to address the challenges of urea involvement in the making of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by terrorists.
The advocacy/dialogue was organised by FEBSAN in collaboration with relevant organisations like the National Fertiliser Technical Committee (NFTC), Micro Reforms for Africa Agribusiness (MIRA) and Farm Input Support Service Department of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, among others.
LEADERSHIP reports that the event is part of sustained efforts at addressing the challenges of poor quality fertilisers in Nigerian markets, which according to organisers accounts partly for the poor growth and development of fertiliser industry in the country.