Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has launched an ultramodern fertilizer blending plant belonging to OCP Africa, a subsidiary of OCP Group, to strengthen Nigeria’s fertilizer industry for self-sufficiency and stimulate the country’s agro-value chain.
The governor, while commissioning the facility, commended the management of OCP Africa for the $14m investment, which he described as a signature investment, showing that the state is a safe haven for investors.
The 120-ton-per-hour fertilizer blending plant sitting on a 10-hectare parcel of land is equipped with a state-of-the-art facility, which is among the two other plants cited in Sokoto and Ogun states with a combined capacity to produce 500,000MT per year.
Mallam El-Rufai expressed his joy towards the project that it will expand the access of the state’s farmers to fertilizer supply and agronomic support, adding that every new factory in the state implies more jobs and brings income that helps to feed families and reduce poverty.
The Chief Executive Officer of OCP Africa, Dr. Mohamed Anouar Jamali, disclosed that the company is committed to contributing to the transformation of food systems in the continent and that impacting the agricultural value chain remains at the heart of the company.
“OCP Africa is committed to contributing to the transformation of food systems in the continent, and Nigeria is a strategic focus for our company. That is why in 2016, we partnered with the Fertilizer Producers & Suppliers Association of Nigeria, under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, supported by the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authorit”
The Senior Vice President of OCP Africa, Mr. Mohamed Hettiti, explained that the blending plant is sitting on a 10-hectare parcel of land and that it is equipped with a state-of-the-art facility to produce 120 tons of fertilizer per hour.