Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Limited (IEFCL) says it produces 4,000 metric tons of Urea fertilizer per day or 1.5 million per annum, which it supplies to Nigerian farmers nationwide, and exports the surplus to foreign countries.
According to the Head of Corporate Communications of the company, Dr Jossy Nkwocha, Indorama has through its Urea fertilizer become the best friend of farmers across the country, and contributes immensely to food security in the country.
Indorama’s fertilizer export to other African countries and beyond, according to him, has transformed Nigeria from being fertilizer importer to a net exporter of the commodity, with the attendant huge foreign exchange earnings for the country.
Dr Nkwocha was speaking when the Management of Indorama received officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State chapter, who visited the company as part of activities marking its Press Week and 2018 World Press Freedom Day.
He explained that farmers are now assured of quality and adequate supplies of fertilizers as a direct outcome of the Indorama world-class fertilizer plant in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which was officially inaugurated in July last year by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
He added that through the Indorama Agriculture Development Programme (IADP) the company is building the capacity of farmers across the country by affording them free trainings on global best practices in fertilizer application and crop management.
Dr Nkwocha said that all these are contributing to boosting the farmers’ harvests, putting more money in their pockets and making them very happy.
Indorama has since outlined plans to help Nigeria emerge as a fertilizer hub in Africa and push demand from the present 600,000 metric tonnes to about three million metric tonnes in about two years from now. Indorama officials had told BusinessDay in 2017 that because the supply of fertilizer was not heavy in Nigeria over the years, use of fertilizer went down too badly in the country.
For example, he stated that about 300 farmers last Friday, participated in training in fertilizer application and crop management organised by Indorama at the Rivers state Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) office in Port Harcourt.
According to him, similar training is taking place in various parts of the country.
The NUJ team was led by Comrade Uche Agbam, acting chairman of the union and Anayo Onukwugha, Secretary of the Press Week organizing committee.
Responding, Uche Agbam thanked Indorama Management for the warm reception afforded them and the support towards the success of its 2018 World Press Freedom Week.
She noted that it was a thing of joy that Indorama operations are contributing to making the Nigerian economy stronger. According to her, Indorama fertilizer and its capacity building for farmers are essential for combating hunger, poverty, unemployment and food insecurity in the country.