FEPSAN Train Farmers On Fertiliser Usage

FEPSAN Train Farmers On  Fertiliser Usage
By Joyce Onuora Abakaliki
in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development (FMARD) and Agricultural Development Programmes (ADPs) in
Ebonyi State, has organised one day training farmers programme on
application and usage of fertilizer for the purpose of yielding more crops
in the farm .
The FEPSAN Executive Secretary, Alhaji Ahmed Kwa, represented by Mr
Segun Adesola who said that farmers and extension agents would be
educated and trained on fertilizer product knowledge, storage, usage,
soil testing importance and application methods.
“The farmers and extension agents would also be educated on adequate
timing for fertilizer application so that they can have adequate
knowledge of crops nutritional requirements.
Kwa remarked that the participants would also be tutored on the
nutrient contents of fertilizer products, methods of usage, right time
of application, to enhance the economics of fertilizer application.
“Farmers are afterwards, expected to record increased incomes and
improved quality of life through increased production from efficient
fertilizer usage.
He further said that the outcomes of the programs would help Nigeria
attain food security through increased production from the same land,
put into use.
“When farmers, extension agents and other stakeholders are provided
with basic fertilizer information, they will be exposed to the
product’s knowledge, usage.
The General Manager (GM) of the Ebonyi Fertilizer and Chemical Company
Limited Prof. Ogbonnaya Chukwu, who also is the Senior Special
Assistant (SSA) to the Ebonyi State Governor on Investment urged the
participants to be serious with the training
“It is important to note that every crop has the fertilizer brands
that suits as we have for instance four brands of NPK form of
fertilizer in our blending plant in Abakaliki.
“We have the 12:12:17 brand used for yam, cassava and other forms of
root crops, the 20: 10: 10 augmented with the Urea brand for rice, the
15: 15: 15 used for maize and rice and the 27: 13: 13 used also for
rice but has its urea component removed.
The Director of the Federal Department of Agricultural Extension, Mrs
Babangida Karim represented by Dr Ngozi Odunze, Deputy Director, Field
Extension Services of the department, commended FEPSAN for its efforts
in teaching farmers of all they need to know about fertilizer.

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