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Nigeria has potential to end importation of fertiliser – Rathore

The Managing Director (MD) of Rahamaniyya Fertiliser Plant, Satish Singh Rathore, in this interview, explains why the company’s fertiliser is the best anyone can find in the country.

 

What kind of fertilisers does your company produce?

In Rahamaniyya fertiliser. We produce NPK 20:10:10 and NPK 15:15:15. These two varieties are very familiar and famous with the farmers, and we produce all kinds of NPK fertilisers. They use NPK 20:10:10 and NPK 15:15:15 for various crops. The aim of Rahamaniyya Fertiliser is to produce very good fertilisers.

In preparation of NPK, we are using urea, DAP, MOP and limestone. Limestone is a raw material, but in preparation of the limestone, we have our own products, we are not going to buy from anybody. That means our limestone granules is a very good product because it’s 100 per cent limestone.

The Rahamaniyya NPK 20:10:10 and NPK 15:15:15 are some of the best fertilisers in Nigeria. We have already given the samples to the Nigerian government, they have already approved the two as the best in Nigeria.

What is the cost of the project?

We have two lines of NPK. The lines are designed for 60MT per hour. That means we can say one line has the capacity of 1,414MT. The two lines have the capacities of 2,818MT per day. That means we are capable of producing 2,818MT per day of NPK. After two lines of blending plants, we also have a limestone plant. The problem of limestone is dust. Our limestone plant has zero dust. That is why our fertiliser is very pure. We have two limestone plants. One plant is already commissioned and the second is almost at completion. Within two months, the project would be completed. After the competition, we can run four plants at a time.

There are similar fertiliser plants across Nigeria; what would you say is the strength of Rahamanniyya?

In Nigeria, a lot of fertiliser plants are available. For urea, the Dangote Fertiliser plant is there in Lagos. Indorama Fertiliser is in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and so many NPK plants are there. Dangote Fertiliser is producing only urea. Indorama Fertiliser is producing only urea. But we are mixing the fertiliser. That is why I’m saying our fertiliser is unique.

With the Rahamanniyah coming on board, do you think this is enough to stop Nigeria from importing fertiliser?

Yes! That is a big problem we are facing in Nigeria; that we are importing fertiliser from abroad, that is not good because everything is available in Nigeria.  Phosphate is available. Sokoto is rich in limestone. Dangote and Indorama are producing urea, so we are not depending on other countries for urea.

As a Nigerian team, I’m saying we are producing our own urea, and after some time we are going to produce our phosphate also. Phosphate is also available in Nigeria. The phosphate we are using as DAP. For MOP, we can import from other countries, it’s okay. But the other three products are available in Nigeria.

With Rahamaniyya Fertiliser, Nigeria will not depend on the other countries because of our product quality, and our products’ capacity is already very high. It is sufficient for the Nigerian market.

How does Rahamanniyya benefit farmers differently?

I told you that so many fertilisers are available in the market. And I have checked because we are in the market, we are competing in the market, some old fertilisers are also there, and we are the new fertilisers. So, we are taking samples from other fertiliser companies and we are doing sampling in our own laboratory and we are comparing our products. We found that our products’ quality is very high. If farmers are purchasing Rahamaniyya Fertiliser, it will give them automatic benefits because other products in the market have a lot of dust and mud. If farmers are using Rahamaniyya fertiliser, one bag of our product is equal to four bags of other fertilisers.

 

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