Nigeria, Indonesia Forge Pact To Build Coal-Based Fertiliser Plant

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Nigeria and Indonesia have signed an agreement to establish a state-of-the-art coal-based fertiliser plant in Nigeria.
– The project aims to enhance agricultural innovation, technology transfer, and industrialisation in Nigeria.

Nigerian and Indonesian governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a coal-based fertiliser plant in Nigeria. This collaborative effort marks a significant step towards strengthening ties between the two nations and advancing agricultural technology. It could also boost agricultural production and food security in the West African country.

The project’s centerpiece is a state-of-the-art fertiliser plant utilising Indonesian technology provided by PT Saputra Global Harvest, an agricultural firm based in the South Asian country.

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Technology (NASENI) facilitated the deal which is expected to enhance innovation, technology transfer, and industrialisation within Nigeria.

Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Khalil Halilu, emphasised the alignment with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda, which prioritises food security and self-sufficiency.

He noted the potential for agriculture to tackle unemployment and generate foreign exchange, ultimately transforming the Nigerian economy. The MoU covers three crucial areas such as machinery and equipment, capacity development, and licensing.

Meantime, Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. H. Usra Hendra Harahap, lauded the agreement as a testament to the deep and enduring partnership between the two nations. He highlighted the shared commitment to promoting sustainable agricultural development and leveraging joint expertise for mutual benefit.

Also, Ambassador Harahap expressed confidence in Saputra’s proven track record. He also lauded the project’s potential to revolutionise Nigeria’s agricultural landscape. This he observed is achievable through sustainable practices and cutting-edge technology.

The construction of the coal-based fertiliser plant marks a significant step towards bolstering Nigeria’s agricultural sector and enhancing food security. Analysts opine that the initiative holds promise for economic growth, technological advancement, and ultimately, a brighter future for the Nigerian people.

Joseph Akahome
Joseph Akahome
Joseph O Akahome (OJ) is a writer, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin. He is an avid agriculturist, with a bias for poultry and an insatiable appetite for chicken wings. When he is neither reading nor researching, he likes to spend recreational time playing board games, or swimming in serene forested lakes.

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