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FG, Indonesia sign agreement to establish coal fertiliser plant in Nigeria

Coal for fertilizer

Nigeria and Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a coal-based fertilizer plant in-country to support agriculture production and boost food security.

A production licence agreement was signed on Monday between National Agency for Science and Engineering Technology (NASENI) and Indonesia’s PT Saputra Global Harvest, regarding the technology for the production of coal-based fertilizer in Abuja.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NASENI, Khalil Halilu, said the collaboration with Saputra Harvest will enhance innovation, technology transfer, and industrialisation of Nigeria.

He said: “As you all know, food security is one of the priority areas on the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The President is determined to build a Nigeria that is not only able to feed itself in an affordable manner, but also one that is able to produce surplus food for export.

“With agriculture, we can make a massive dent on unemployment in Nigeria, while also earning foreign exchange that can positively transform the fortunes of the economy.

“The agreement we are signing today with Saputra covers three key areas: The supply of machinery and equipment that will enable us produce coal-based fertilizer for use in Nigeria.

“The capacity development component, which is the training of Nigerian personnel on the use and maintenance of these equipment and the licensing that gives us the permission to produce the coal- based fertilizer according to the prevailing standards of quality.” 

With agriculture, we can make a massive dent on unemployment in Nigeria, while also earning foreign exchange that can positively transform the fortunes of the economy.

Also commenting, the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria, Dr. Usra Hendra Harahap, said the MoU underscores the enduring partnership between the two nations and their shared commitment to fostering advancements in agriculture and technology.

He said: “This collaborative effort represents a union of expertise, innovation, and a shared vision for sustainable agriculture development.

“This fertiliser plant is not just a facility; it is a testament to the fruitful partnership between Indonesia and Nigeria. Our Indonesian company, Saputra brings a wealth of experience and success in similar ventures, and we are confident that this collaboration will yield substantial benefits for the Nigerian agriculture sector.

“The state-of-the-art technology and sustainable practices that Saputra incorporates will undoubtedly contribute to the enhancement of Nigeria’s agricultural landscape.” 

Recall that in September last year, NASENI was said to have signed an MoU with PT Saputra Global Harvest on the same matter under the leadership of Prof. Mohammed Haruna, the then EVC under the former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The MoU was also said to be the first of several MoUs that were signed during the working tour of the Nigerian team to Indonesia, which was held at the Villa Sawah Resort and Farm, Bogor.

The technique is said to be seamless and supports global initiatives for food security and sustainability with the ultimate aim of resurrecting the earth by replenishing soil nutrients.

Haruna was also quoted to have said that NASENI would continue to be a willing partner in the manufacture of coal fertilisers and in their export to other African nations.

The Chief Executive Officer of Saputra Global, Davy Makimian, was quoted as saying that the first of its type of coal fertiliser would have a significant influence on Nigerian agriculture, cattle, and farming, and the development of the first coal fertiliser plant in Africa.

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