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Fertilizer adulterators risk 10 yrs jail term

Fertilizer adulterators risk 10 yrs jail term
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Nigeria’s food security quest is threatened by adulterated fertilizer products.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has made a vital move to safeguard and protect the affairs of the entire fertilizer value supply chain as it warns adulterators against the implemented aggressive law, who possibly risk 10 years imprisonment in line with the 2019 National Fertilizer Quality Control Act. Farmers have reportedly been experiencing economic hardships resulting from the adulteration and diversion of fertilizer products over the years. Nigeria’s quest for food security is also reportedly under threat as farmers continue to record failed crops due to the use of adulterated and fake fertilizer products.

Deputy director of Farm Inputs Support Services Department at the ministry, Ishaku Ardo Buba, stated this at a capacity-building tagged Zonal Sensitization Workshop for Fertilizer Quality Inspectors and other Relevant Stakeholders on the Provision of the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act 2019, and the Regulations 2020. Buba, who warned against the strict law being implemented, and called on fertilizer merchants, producers and distributors to obtain certification to protect their business operations in the country.

Certification is for the input producers, particularly fertilizer.

While sensitization is being carried out, Buba said that anyone without government certification should obstain from operating within the business in Nigeria. Also, the ministry, in collaboration with security agencies, is raising areas to root out defaulters who are operating under fake credentials or without certification. The certificate of registration is for the input producers, particularly fertilizer, and the sales permit is for the distributors, so once you get it, it is then verified by the inspector  who is able to confirm if it is genuine using the barcode on it,” he noted.

Capacity-building, which is focused on promoting organic fertilizer preparation and use at the local level using eco-friendly agricultural technologies, was also geared toward enforcing the provision of the Act to ensure that anybody within the system produces what is required and is based on a set standard. Additional regulations have also been implemented covering the West African region of which Nigeria is a member, meaning that any product produced in Nigeria can be freely sold in West African countries.

Farmers are being educated to use local resources in their region.

Accordingly, Buba said that the warning followed a nationwide capacity development exercise for inspectors of fertilizer quality control that lasted for one day and included representatives from all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Farmers are being educated on how to use local resources in their region, such as plant waste and how to convert them into nutrients and how to use leaves and other residues to manufacture fertilizers locally, according to him. This is a significant development in the industry and an innovative step forward.

Concerning the current floods, which have impacted many farmers, he said that those affected would be identified by the Farm Input Help Services department and provided with necessary support from the ministry after an evaluation of the flood by the Presidential Committee. To compensate for their losses, the impacted farmers will be registered in accordance with the scale of their operations and given plant nutrients for the dry season. Working with other Ministry divisions, this action also serves to enhance irrigation-dependent dry-season agriculture.

The Act is implemented to protect fertilizer value chain stakeholders.

With the new rule in effect, adulterators are being sternly advised to stop engaging in any illicit activity, as stated by the ministry. It is worth noting that the Act is implemented to defend and protect the interests of all Fertilizer value supply chain stakeholders in Nigeria, including manufacturers, producers, blenders, importers, distributors, and end-user farmers. This will ensure that farmers get the most out of their fertilizer budgets, which will preserve investment in the agricultural industry, and help fertilizer businesses flourish.


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12 days ago

Fertilizer adulterators risk 10 yrs jail termNigeria’s food security quest is threatened by adulterated fertilizer products. – Express your point of view.

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11 days ago

The unscrupulous involving in the adulteration of fertilizer should be fish out and punish according because if proper action is not taking on them,it will cost the farmer a big lost and it will cause food scarcity.

Abusi
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11 days ago

The fertilizers adulterors should stop engaging in this act. They are making the fertilizers lose their potency to help plants grow. They should desist from it, so farmers can use the fertilizers.

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11 days ago

The Department of Rural Development has taken an important step to safeguard and defend the interests of the entire fertilizer value supply chain by issuing a warning to those who adulterate fertilizer about the newly enforced strict rule.

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11 days ago

Move to safeguard and protect the affairs of the entire fertilizer be considered, deserved judgement should be given to perpetrators as reported. This will serves as a lesson to those planning to do farm products bad henceforth.

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11 days ago

Those who are participating or involved in adulteration of fertilizer should be punished well this is to safeguard and keep of Fertilizer. Adulteration of fertilizer will make it unless and not make it useful for growth of crops

Member
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11 days ago

Nigerians are known Ronnie adamant when perpetrating illegal act such as this. Government should stand firm on implementing this jail term on any person found guilty to enable others desist from the act.

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11 days ago

Farmers in Nigeria continue to report failed crops as a result of the usage of contaminated and phony fertilizer products, which according to reports poses a threat to the country’s efforts to achieve food security.

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11 days ago

In Nigeria, anyone who does not have the necessary government accreditation should refrain from working in the commercial sector.

Member
8
11 days ago

Crazy that due to the stringent rule that is now being put into effect, and called for fertilizer merchants, producers, and distributors to seek certification in order to safeguard their commercial activities within the nation.

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11 days ago

This will assist farmers maximize their fertilizer investments, which in turn will keep money flowing into the agriculture sector and benefit the fertilizer industry.

Member
8
11 days ago

Producers of inputs like fertilizer need a certificate of registration, while distributors need a sales permit, both of which can be confirmed as authentic by an inspector using a barcode.

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11 days ago

It is important to note that the Act was enacted in order to defend and safeguard the interests of all of the players in the fertilizer value supply chain in Nigeria.

Member
9
11 days ago

Fertilizer adulterators risk 10 yrs jail term. So much need to be done. We need to do more for the betterment of Nigeria

Member
8
11 days ago

The Department of Rural Development warned fertilizer adulterators about the new strict requirement to protect the fertilizer value supply chain.

Member
8
11 days ago

To protect fertilizer, adulterators should be penalized. Fertilizer that is adulterated will not grow crops.

Member
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11 days ago

According to reports, throughout the years, adulteration and diversion of fertilizer supplies have caused farmers to face financial difficulties. According to reports, Nigeria’s efforts to achieve food security are in jeopardy as farmers continue to report failed crops brought on by the usage of tainted and fraudulent fertilizer supplies.

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11 days ago

Consideration should be given to measures to secure and defend the affairs of the entire fertilizer industry, and just punishment for offenders should be meted out as reported. This will serve as a lesson to those who want to mistreat agricultural products in the future.

Member
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11 days ago

To preserve the fertilizer industry, criminals should be punished. This will deter future farm product thugs.

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