Prospects of Dangote Fertiliser’s imminent rollout excite Ogun farmers
Farmers in Ogun State have said that they are eagerly awaiting the commencement of operations of the Dangote Fertiliser plant which is expected to roll out its first bag anytime from now.
The farmers made this known during an interaction with the Dangote Fertiliser team at the ongoing 10th Gateway International Trade Fair holding in Abeokuta.
Secretary of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Ogun State chapter, Prince Abiodun Ogunjimi, explained that the farmers had heard a lot about Dangote Fertiliser and that given the uniqueness of the products, they were waiting patiently to see the fertiliser in the market.
They said they welcomed the impending arrival of the fertiliser, saying the more the merrier and that the arrival of Dangote fertiliser would ease the pressure on the farmers brought about by the price of the products from the existing manufacturers.
According to him, the expectations of the farmers were high and that they expected that Dangote Fertiliser would have special packages for the farmers to encourage them to patronise the products.
“We are anxiously waiting for the Dangote fertiliser to come to the market. We have heard so much about Dangote fertiliser and with the uniqueness of Dangote products in other sectors, we are of the belief that the fertiliser would not be an exception.
‘We heard he already mapped out various strategies to roll out in grand style and that he would carry us the farmers along by giving us training as to how to apply the product appropriately to maximize yield and productivity and give farmers more profit for their produce.”
The head of the fertiliser team to the Trade Fair, Miss Mary Uche, had assured the farmers that Dangote Fertiliser has packaged a programme of activities for them that would be unveiled at the start of the proposed rollout from its plant at Ibeju Lekki in Lagos and that the farmers, being critical stakeholders in the fertiliser value chain, would form the bedrock of operation of the Dangote Fertiliser.
She thanked the farmers for being enthusiastic towards the blend of fertiliser and that they would not be disappointed.
Uche said the farmers would be given training on the right uses of fertiliser and appropriate application of Dangote fertiliser for maximum yield and profitability.
“We have a lot of things in stock for you. Just we have been doing for our distributors in cement and other products, we will place you above every other consideration because your success is our success.
We are mindful of the fact that the government is shifting all focus to agriculture and this is the reason your role is very crucial in this direction,” she assured.
President of OGUNCCIMA, Alhaji Wasiu Olaleye, commended the group for being a leading light in the efforts to diversify the nation’s economy from being an import-dependent to export-oriented economy.
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