FG Issues Certificates Of Registration, Sales Permit To Fertiliser Dealers


The Federal Government, on Thursday, presented certificates of registration and sales permits to authorised fertiliser dealers in Nigeria.

A statement issued by Mrs Modupe Olatunji, Information officer I, of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development quoted the Permanent Secretary, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, as saying the Ministry trained and deployed to the 36 States and FCT, Fertiliser and Agricultural Pesticides Quality Control Inspectors.

 He said the inspectors are currently working with relevant security agencies to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act and Regulations, in order to protect the farmers and the industries.

Umakhihe,  who was represented by the Director of Special Duties Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Fausat Lawal, said that the non-licensed operators are not allowed to produce, blend, import, market or distribute fertilisers in the country.

He urged the suppliers to ensure that only licensed agro-dealers were allowed to buy their products, and to abide strictly and operate within the provisions of the fertiliser Act and the implementing regulations.


Umakhihe said that a grace period of two months has been granted for those who have not obtained their permit as failure to do so would have their facilities sealed off with resultant prosecution.

He said that the Act required that upon fulfilment of all required conditions, fertiliser, suppliers, manufacturers/producers, blenders and importers would  be issued with the Certificate of Registration.

The permanent secretary said while Agro-dealers (distributors) that fulfiled the same will be issued with the sales permit.

Umakhihe said it should also be displayed in a strategic area of their facilities adding that the National Fertiliser Quality Control (NFQC) Act was in the process of repealing to accommodate Agricultural Pesticides in the Act.

He explained that the essence was to consolidate and expand the Act, curtail the effect of contaminated foods and address the blending of adulterated fertilisers for the interest of farmers, genuine operators and the protection of environment.

Umakhihe commended the Federal Government for the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

He said that the act required that all companies that would operate in Nigeria must be registered and get the certificate of registration and sales permit from the implementing authority.

The Director, Farm Inputs Support Services Department, Mr Kwaido Sanni, said the Act and Regulations were not intended to create a stumbling block to the operators’ business but to protect the genuine  entrepreneurs, the farmers, the environment and the entire citizenry from both economic and human losses.

Sanni was represented by the Deputy Director,  Farm inputs, Mr Ishaku Buba.