Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The Presidential Committee on Fertilizer Initiative (PCFI) has expressed satisfaction with the participation of Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited (IEFCL), Port Harcourt, in the programme aimed at supplying NPK fertilizer to farmers nationwide at cheaper cost.
The Chairman of the committee and Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, made the declaration last weekend when he visited the Indorama world-class fertilizer plant in the company of the President of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), Mr. Thomas Etuh, and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr. Uche Orji.
Abubakar said he was impressed that Indorama has fully keyed into the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative whose goal is to help the federal government to achieve higher food production and food security in the country.
A statement issued by the Head of Corporate Communications of Indorama-Nigeria, Dr Jossy Nkwocha, quoted Abubakar as saying, “In supporting the federal government’s fertilizer initiative, Indorama will this year supply 360,000 metric tons of urea to fertilizer blenders, who in turn will produce NPK fertilizers and supply at cheaper price to the farmers across the federation.”
According to him, Managing Director of Indorama-Nigeria, Mr Manish Mundra, received the team and conducted them round the ammonia, urea and utilities plants which have capacity for 1.5 million metric tonnes of urea fertilizer per annum and the largest single-line urea plant in the world.
“At the bagging section of the plant, the presidential team inspected the specially packaged granular urea bags meant for delivery to the blenders.”
Mundra informed the team that the ammonia section of the fertilizer plant was presently undergoing scheduled maintenance shutdown to optimise its ammonia production and reduce energy consumption, activities that will enhance Indorama’s participation in the federal government’s fertilizer initiative.
“The shutdown of the ammonia plant is part of Indorama’s excellent maintenance culture and innovation, and the plant will be re-started on February 24,” Mundra stated.
Abubakar said he was quite impressed with Indorama’s operations especially in helping the federal government to achieve its agricultural transformation agenda. “I must say that I am impressed that Indorama is supporting the federal government initiative. This is one of the initiatives to bring down the cost of food items in the country,” the chairman said.
President of FEPSAN, Etuh, also commended Indorama for keying into the federal government’s fertilizer initiative and promised that members of the association, especially the blending plants would make the best use of the opportunity to facilitate greater crop harvest this year.
The company said it has supplied about 25 0,000 metric tonnes of granular Urea fertilizer to farmers nationwide since June 2016 when it commenced production.