The Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has enjoined crop farmers to acquire knowledge in order to avoid purchase of fake fertilizers from unauthorized dealers and patronize only certified distributors across the country.
Executive Secretary of the association, Alhaji Ahmed Rabiu Kwa, who gave this charge in Lagos, said that authorized fertilizer dealers should have certificates from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and FEPSAN, hanging on the walls of their offices.
“Farmers will get good quality fertilizer from certified and registered distributors across the country who have their certificate of registration from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and FEPSAN.” He said.
“They should have these certificates hanging on their walls and if a farmer do not see them, ask questions or an evidence to prove their authenticity and if they are not satisfied with the answer, please, do not patronize them.” he added.
Kwa further identified ways through which farmers can easily identify fake fertilizers, urging the public to be vigilant in their communities and “report any fake producer” around their vicinities.
According to him “To be able to understand quality fertilizer, you will need some technical knowledge, it is not easy to identity fake from good fertilizer. Generally, on sight, fake fertilizer contains ingredients that are not consistent and when held in the palm you will see that it breaks up into dust or sand.”
“However, you will notice that the granules of a good fertilizer are strong and do not break just crushing in your hands even though a farmer still have to go to a fertilizer laboratory to determine the actual nutrient content.” He added.
The Secretary also urged the public to be vigilant in their communities and “report any fake producer” around their vicinities.
He however expressed enthusiasm about the recent development in the fertilizer sub-sector, stressing that the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) for the production of NPK has increased the number of local blending companies in Nigeria from 5 to 16.
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