As part of effort to improve food production in Kogi state, the state government has signed a joint venture agreement with an indigenous Company, Messrs Emerald Fertilizer Production and Allied Investment Limited to resuscitate and operate the moribund State – owned Confluence Fertilizer Company.
The Secretary to the State Government Dr Folashade Ayoade signed on behalf of the Kogi state government while the President of Emerald Fertilizer Production and Allied Investment Limited, Mr Frederick Raji signed on behalf of his Company.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the signing in Lokoja on Monday, Mr Raji said the company would pull resources together to resuscitate and operate the fertilizer company to boost food production in the state and the country at large.
According to him: “Before the Agbeji Fertilizer Company became moribund, it was into inorganic Fertilizer production. The new management will concern itself with the production of organic fertilizer which is more friendly to the human body system.
“It may be expedient to explain that the inorganic Fertilizer also known as synthetic or chemical fertilizer are factory made products which is injurious to the body system . On the other hand, the organic fertilizer is all about decomposed organic materials added to soil to feed plants. The organic fertilizer is produced from natural and animal wastes that are friendly to the body system”
Raji disclosed that the company has two production lines that is capable of producing 2,400 bags of fertilizer in a day, assuring that farmers in the state will benefit enormously from the product through an improved yield.
He add that his company is producing the Emerald sapropel brand of fertilizer which he said it guarantees higher yields and it is the best in Nigeria today.
“Production has commenced in earnest. The product is in both liquid and solid of 25 kg per bag.” Mr Raji said.