A multi Billion Naira DUNCAN Fertilizer Blending Plant was commission in Heipang District of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council of Plateau State.
The Chairman of the occasion and Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to put more priority on food production, giving the circumstance of deteriorating hunger ravaging the country.
Sen. Okorocha made the companionate appeal while delivery his speech last Wednesday during the official commissioning of Multi-billion Plateau DUNCAN fertilizer blending company Limited.
Senator Okorocha revealed that if there is anything the government need to do now is to create modalities on how to feed the teeming population.
He also commended the chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Plateau DUNCAN fertilizer, Dr. Godfrey Bawa Shitgurum for taking a bold step to add value to humanity towards addressing food security.
He also revealed that this gesture will go a long in helping farmers to enhanced better yield, generate more income and address food security.
Also on his part,
Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State who was represented by the Commissioner of Agriculture Hon. Ishaku Bugama stated that Plateau is the food haven of Nigeria as the state have every endowment from God to feed Nigeria and other regions.
Hon. Bugama also stated that it is the desire of the present administration Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang to begin a new thing of bringing Plateau State into the food haven that is supposed to be a catalyst for Nigeria, nothing that is why they have the mantra of “The Time is Now” and “The Land Is Green”.
“The administration came on the strength of agriculture and we are going to actualized that. We cherish this initiative from Dr.Godfrey Bawa, the CEO Plateau DUNCAN fertilizer company limited because you cannot go into agriculture without fertilizer.
“I have traveled widely and everywhere you heard investors complaining about insecurity on the Plateau. And because of that many of them would jettisoned the plan to come and invest on the Plateau, but for a man to put this kind of investment here, I tell you this is a man who believed in Plateau, and for that I assured you the state Government would do everything within its power to ensure that this plan continue to serve the interest of farmers in Plateau and Nigeria as a whole.”
While on his part,
the minister of agriculture and food security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, who was also represented by Director of farm inputs, Waziri Abba stated that Federal Government through the ministry of agriculture have embarked on sampling and analysis of soil and crops nationwide to determined the appropriate use of fertilizer inputs.
He charged fertilizer producers to produce genuine commodities that would yield more dividends for farmers as government will is ready to partner private sectors.
The chairman, chief executive officer, Plateau DUNCAN fertilizer company limited, Dr. Godfrey Bawa Shitgurum, revealed the company is a private partnership between Plateau State Government and Oil and chemical International (OCI) Ltd., a subsidiary of the DUNCAN Group.
According to him, “the partnership was signed in August 2016 for the purpose of establishing and operating an ultra modern NPK fertilizer blending plant that will ensure food security for all by boosting the productivity of the agrarian population of Plateau state and the country at large.
“Coupled with our sophisticated equipment and value commitment to quality service, our blended NPK formulations includes; NPK 15-15-15, NPK 20-10-10, NPK 12-12-17”, he acknowledged.
The company also produce specialized blends on demand as they maintain a research department committed to improving and enriching the formulations available to farmers.