Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has threatened to arrest and prosecute adulterators of fertiliser in the country.
President of the association, Mr. Thomas Etuh, issued the threat in Kaduna at a stakeholders’ forum where over 60 registered fertiliser distributors were issued certificates under the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) programme.
He said the initiative was working assiduously to fish out perpetrators of fertiliser adulteration, as well as to ensure that fertiliser was made available to all Nigerian farmers.
Etuh who was represented by the Managing Director of TakAgro Limited, Valentine Nwandu, said arrangements had been concluded with the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Security (DSS) and the police to arrest perpetrators of fertiliser adulteration.
“Some arrests have so far been made by the police and the suspect will soon be paraded to serve as deterrent to others. Fertiliser adulteration is affecting farmers because they are at the receiving end as they record poor harvest which in turn affects their livelihood.
“So, we are taking it serious and that was why we involved the Nigerian police force and other security agencies to bring to book perpetrators of fertiliser adulteration,” he said.