“One of such is the bio-fertilizer project, which basically aims to increase the fertility of the soils, shorten crop production timeline and improve on quality of harvests and produce”
Chairman/President, CONTEC Global, the parent body of CONTEC Global Agro Limited, Dr. Benoy Berry, who disclosed this in an interview in Lagos, said the project has reached advanced stage with remarkable results from farms in Lagos, Kaduna, Niger, Benue and the FCT, Abuja.
Nigeria’s agriculture sub-sector is set to receive a major boost with this prestigious project. Berry also said that Nigeria is their first priority in African countries. He also added that this project aims to increase the fertility of the soils and quality of the harvest as well.
“We are commencing a comprehensive agricultural programme for Africa that would be executed through series of innovative strategies. Of course, Nigeria is priority. So we are starting here (Nigeria).”
“One of such is the bio-fertilizer project, which basically aims to increase the fertility of the soils, shorten crop production timeline and improve on quality of harvests and produce” Said Berry.
He further stated that the bio-fertilizer project provides Nigeria an opportunity to leap-frog its food security status, filling up the gap caused by poor input and soil quality, which have been identified as some of the critical challenges facing the Nigerian farmer, as well as create employment.
“We have trial farms in Niger State such as Zaria, Makurdi, Sagamu, Lagos and a few other locations where the prowess of the fertilizer and other inputs have been proven beyond doubt, with the first set of harvests of crops grown using some of the inputs from farms in Niger State.”
Berry disclosing the information about the bio-fertilizer said “Growmore is a biological water soluble formulation that helps the plant to stimulate enzymes, resists pests and diseases by inducing systemic resistance, maintain high level of chlorophyll for better growth and increases the uptake of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Iron and Magnesium.”
The CONTEC also noted that government cooperation is key to the success of the programme and he also said that the partners and the governments in Burundi, Zimbabwe, Togo, Mali, among others in Africa vave already shown interest in the project.
CONTEC is also planning to reform the big farms of Nigeria into research bases which helps Nigeria to emerge as an Agricultural research hub of Africa.