Biowish-Crop, an organic fertiliser company in the United States of America on Monday, said it is set to establish in Birnin Kebbi, an African branch of the company.
Mrs Bill Stevens, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer in Nigeria, stated this at a meeting with the state’s branch of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Birnin Kebbi.
According to Stevens, the company, when completed, would employ over 1,000 workers.
The Chief Marketing Officer said “Biowish-Crop had earlier planned to establish the branch in South Africa but later opted for Kebbi in Nigeria. We don’t want to be importing fertilisers from the U.S. into Nigeria; rather, we want to have a factory here in this country.”
She said “We have chosen Kebbi because the state has stable electricity for the industrial sector. “Kebbi also has a lot of farmers and a lot of opportunities for the state to have a fertiliser company of pyre organics. “So, we want to have such a company in Kebbi,’’
Stevens said both the Federal Government and NAFDAC were aware of their presence of the company in Nigeria since 2014. “Once the consumers patronise our product and they appreciate it, we can now start producing in Kebbi. “So, there is no need to be importing any more.
“We can just be importing the inputs and be manufacturing here in Kebbi. “If we start the factory, within the first year to five years, we can employ from 250 to 1,000, as we are expanding. “This is because we are not only going to be producing fertilisers for Nigeria alone but for other African countries,” Stevens said.
She pointed out that the company’s fertilisers have been experimented in Kwara, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna and Kebbi, and were adjudged to be best for crops output increase.
Responding, Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Abdullahi Shehu, said that “the ministry had received a lot of complaints from farmers on alleged adulterated fertilisers in circulation.”
“They bought the fertilisers at exorbitant prices without improved outputs. “Now, the cost of the fertiliser is about N10,000 plus; and the suppliers told us that that is the cost of bringing it from Port Harcourt, in Rivers to Kebbi.
Reacting to the news, the Chairman of AFAN in the state, Alhaji Usman Dan-Gwandu, welcomed the company to Kebbi state and said a reduction in the price of the fertilizer would be beneficial to farmers.