Nasarawa govt. signs MoU with Chinese coy to build 4 fertiliser blending plants



Nasarawa state government on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese company, BEIDOU Auntomatic Equipment company for the procurement of equipment for four fertiliser blending plants.

Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, at the signing ceremony at Government House, Lafia, said the event was the fall out of the visit by Nigerian governors forum to china last month.

Al-Makura said the Chinese company ranked high in the manufacturing of modular fertiliser blending equipment with different categories of the blending plants equipment.

He said that the state government decided to procure equipment capable of producing 40 tonnes of fertiliser per hour in order to ensure that farmers access quality fertilisers at subsidised rate.

He explained that the plants would be sited in each of the three senatorial zones of the state for easy accessibility to farmers across the state.

The governor noted that the visit of the company would avail them opportunity to study the soil types and texture in the state to determine the suitable fertiliser for quality crop yield.

He added that when the machines are fully installed, only 20 tonnes would be consumed daily in the state, while the remaining would be sold to generate revenue for the state.

Al-Makura explained that apart from the plants, the company would also synergise with the state university toward the establishment of an agricultural institute in the state.

Earlier, chairman of the company, Jin Chuang, expressed delight with Nasarawa state government for the partnership, saying the establishment of the plants would go a long way to boost agricultural production in the state.

She assured the state government of the company’s readiness to assist farmers in other areas of quality and improved crop production.

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