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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has presented certificate of Registration and sales permit to fertilizer Operators. The presentation was made on Thursday September 1, 2022 in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary Dr Ernest Umakhihe.

Represented by the Director of Special Duties Mrs Fausat Lawal. The Permanent Secretary revealed that the Ministry had trained and deployed to the 36 States and FCT, Fertilizer and Agricultural Pesticides Quality Control Inspectors who are currently working with relevant security agencies to ensure compliance with the provisions of Act and Regulations, in order to protect the farmers and the industries.

He pointed out that the non-licensed operators are not allowed to produce, blend, import, market or distribute fertilizers in the country. Then urged the suppliers to ensure that only licensed agro-dealers are allowed to buy their products, likewise to abide strictly and operate within the provisions of the Act and the implementing regulations.

Umakhihe revealed that a grace period of two months has been granted for those who have not obtained theirs as failure to do so will have their facilities sealed off with resultant prosecution, which is to reiterate that the Ministry through its authorized agent will continue to seal premises of fertilizer adulterators as it was witnessed in Kano and Adamawa State once the Certificate of Registration and Sales Permits are concluded.

 

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