FG seals 4 illegal fertilizer blending factories in Kano

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Four illegal fertilizer blending factories, operating without registration in Kano state, were sealed off by officials from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development who also confiscated a truck full of adulterated fertilizer.

The sealed factories are Albarka Agor-Allied and Chemical Fertilizer and Nagarta Agro Fertilizer, both located in Zara community of Kumbotso local government area, Samu Alheri factory in Jido community of local government area from Dawakin Kudu and another retail store in Gwarzo Local Government Getso Market. State domain.

It was discovered that in addition to mixing without permission, the factories were also mixing substandard components to produce adulterated fertilizers, which they sell to farmers in the state.

Director, Fertilizer Control Officer from the Ministry’s Agricultural Inputs Support Department, Oke Sunday, who spoke on the development, said;

“There’s a new law in town called the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act. There are many things specified by law, that in order for any individual to do business in the fertilizer business, they must be registered with the Agricultural Inputs Support Department.

“It’s a market operation, we have no interest in arresting anyone, our interest is to ensure that people comply with the provisions of this law.

“Fertilizer is a very important input in agricultural production and the federal government will not tolerate any act that sabotages efforts to ensure food security in the country.

“We sealed off the failing stores and in doing so we reported their offenses to them and told them not to temper the evidence until we returned.

“We also found a huge cache of fertilizer mixing raw materials, which are not supposed to be sold in the market.”

Oke also said defaulting traders caught in possession of illegal mixtures of raw materials would be brought to justice upon completion of the investigation.

One of the traders caught with fertilizer mixing raw materials at ‘Yan-Kura market, Khalid Muhammad, confessed to selling it to individual retailers but said he was unaware of the implications of their sale in the market.

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