The federal government has ordered the immediate shutdown of Kano State Fertilizer Company (KASCO) limited for allegedly adulterating fertilizers and manually mixing the components of the NKP 20:10:10 blend of the agricultural input.
The order to close the company, owned by the Kano State government came through the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative and National Sovereign Investment Agency (NSIA), through its subsidiary, NAIC-NPK Ltd.
KASCO, which is headed by Mr. Bala Inua, was discovered during a sting operation, to be adulterating the NPK 20:10:10 blend of fertilizer and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public.
In a video circulating on the social media, labourers at the factory were seen manually mixing fertilizer raw materials with shovels and using same to fill fertilizer bags on the factory floor.
Hazardous chemicals are used to blend fertilizers and if badly handled, could endanger the lives of people. When not in its right proportions, the chemicals could also destroy the soil and permanently compromise its ability for valuable crop yield.
It was learnt that Kano State owns two fertilizer blending plants but have allegedly abandoned them due to lack of maintenance.
Our source hinted that besides adulteration, there are also fears that manual handling of fertilizer blending may provide access to unauthorized people to some raw materials such as Urea ammonium nitrate that could be used for illegal purposes.
Urea ammonium nitrate (UAN), anhydrous ammonia, ammonium nitrate, diammonium phosphate (DAP), ammonium sulfate, monoammonium phosphate (MAP), and muriate of potash are ingredients commonly found in commercially blended fertilizers.
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