The governor of Akwa Ibom state. Udom Emmanuel.   Photo: Twitter/@MrUdomEmmanue

The Akwa Ibom state government says adequate arrangements have been made to ensure the state’s automated fertiliser blending plant comes onstream in 2018.

Richard Ekpe, Director of Agriculture and Food Sufficiency stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo.

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He said the state had already gone into a Private Public Partnership (PPP) with a U.S. fertiliser and allied product company based in Georgia, for the establishment of the plant.

According to Ekpe, the establishment of the plant will complement the efforts of the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) and the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) at ensuring the availability of fertiliser to farmers.

According to him, the infrastructure for the fertiliser plant already sited in Abak when completed will have a storage capacity of 400,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser.