OCP Group inaugurates its first state-of-the-art fertilizer blending plant on the continent

The OCP Group inaugurated, on Tuesday in Kaduna, its first state-of-the-art fertilizer blending plant on the continent, in northern Nigeria.

The inauguration ceremony was marked by the presence of Mohamed Anouar Jamali, Managing Director of OCP Africa, and Mohamed Hettiti, Vice-President West Africa and Managing Director of OCP Africa Nigeria, on the Moroccan side, and Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, on the Nigerian side.

Also present at this ceremony were members of the OCP representation in Nigeria, project partners, as well as several dignitaries and personalities from Kaduna State.

Extending over 10 hectares of land, this facility houses a blending unit with a production capacity of 120 tonnes per hour, a 25,000 tonne storage unit, a modern training center dedicated to the various partners, a laboratory equipped the latest analysis technologies to ensure product quality control and soil analysis and characterization, as well as a model farm for carrying out agronomic trials and training farmers.

On this occasion, the Director General of OCP Africa, Mohamed Anouar Jamali, indicated that “this installation is not only intended for the production of fertilizers, but also to have a profound impact on the agricultural value chain of the country”. , adding that “OCP Africa is committed to contributing to the transformation of the food system on the continent, and Nigeria represents a strategic hub for our group”.

More than an industrial facility, the Kaduna blending unit is a center of excellence and service delivery available to OCP partners and Nigerian farmers to improve and increase soil yields in order to achieve food security. It is also a space for sharing experiences, knowledge and know-how between the OCP Group and actors in the agricultural sector in Nigeria.

As one of the three fertilizer blending units planned in Nigeria (the other two under construction in Ogun and Sokoto), this plant is part of the partnership between the OCP Group and the Nigerian government aimed at supporting and the development of Nigerian agriculture.

It is also part of the “Presidential Fertilizer Initiative” (PFI) and the project to develop a multi-purpose industrial platform for the production of ammonia and fertilizer, which will allow Nigeria to locate the production of fertilizer while enhancing local Nigerian natural resources and benefiting from the supply of Moroccan phosphate.

“Every new factory, every new store, every new industrial complex generates employment and income that helps support families and reduce poverty in our state,” said the governor of the state. Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.

Mr. El-Rufai said that “OCP Africa’s establishment of a fertilizer production plant in Kaduna State also widens our farmers’ access to fertilizers”, noting that “it helps to improve the availability of a very essential component for agriculture”.

For his part, the Vice-President West Africa and Managing Director of OCP Africa Nigeria, Mohamed Hettiti, declared: “At OCP, we are convinced that the efficient use of customized fertilizers is one of the best ways increase farmers’ productivity.

In 2016, OCP Group entered into a partnership with the Fertilizer Producers and Distributors Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI), supported by the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund (NSIA).

This collaboration spans the entire agricultural value chain, from implementing fertilizer solutions tailored to local soils and crops, to improving the availability of fertilizers at competitive prices on the local market, through the implementation of support measures for Nigerian farmers and the contribution to the development of the logistics chain and the strengthening of the local distribution network.

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