SON advises farmers to patronise indigenous organic fertilisers


 Alhaji Abba Adamu-Bauchi, the Regional Coordinator, North-West, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has advised farmers to patronise indigenous organic fertilisers produced by National Research Institute of Chemical Technology (NARICT).
He gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday shortly after he visited NARICT and Habib Yogurt Company in Zaria.
He observed that patronising locally made organic fertilisers would revitalise soil fertility apart from boosting the revenue base of the manufacturers, thereby contributing to national growth.
"The good news about using organic fertilisers is that it revitalises the richness of soil apart from reducing the quantity of conventional fertilisers to be used in a farmland.
"If we don't patronise our local products, there is no way we can make any improvement, that is why we encourage NARICT to go into mass production of this qualitative organic fertilisers," he said.
According to him, the organisation would partner with NARICT on finished products and raw materials analysis.
"We intend to partner the institute because they do carry out analysis on some raw materials and finished products.
“We in SON visits factories and assess their production process, raw materials and final products.
"Some of these finished products are perishable, after sampling from factories they take a day or two before they reach our laboratories.
"That's why we want to partner NARICT so that they will be carrying out analysis on our behalf in the presence of our staff," he said.
Adamu-Bauchi added that the organisation would also monitor the production process of the institute since they were into production too to certify their products.
He advised manufacturers to always ensure that whatever they produce not only meet their own local production requirements, but the contractually and statutory requirements.
NAN reports that during the visit the coordinator had a round table discussion with the management of the two organisations on ways to improve quality and standard

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