World leader on the phosphate market, the Moroccan company OCP Africa has entered into a 40 million naira ($109,439) agreement with Nigerian agricultural institutions. These include the National Institute of Horticultural Research, NIHORT, the Nigerian Oil Palm Research Institute, NIFOR, and the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, IAR & T, to develop specific soil fertilizers.
The agreement was signed by the Managing Director, OCP Africa Fertilizers Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mohammed Hettiti, Executive Director, NIHORT, Dr. Abayomi Olaniyan; Executive Director, NIFOR, Dr. Celestine Ikuenobe; and the Executive Director of the IART, Professor Veronica Obatolu, to develop soil specific fertilizers for oil palm and tomato production in the country.
Under the agreement, OCP NIGERIA will, among other things, provide funding to the partners for the conduct of the project and will also provide all relevant information and assistance that is reasonably necessary to carry out the project.
The agreement will also enable the signatories to develop sustainable and innovative solutions to overcome the main obstacles to the full realization of Nigeria’s agricultural growth potential. This will be achieved by supporting site- and crop-specific fertilizer formulations that will improve soil fertility status and enhance farmers’ productivity.