As agrarian state, it is not entirely surprising that demand for fertilizer is high in Ebonyi.

The rising demand has forced the Ebonyi State Government to commence the construction and installation of equipment towards enhancing the production capacity of the Ebonyi Fertilizer and Chemical Company Limited.

This will help the state to take advantage of the soaring demand for various blends of the NPK fertilizer produced in the country.

Construction work has already reached advanced stages at the new site, located behind the existing plant complex along the Abakaliki-Ogoja highway in the state capital, with the installation of the plants and machinery expected to be completed soon.

When completed, the new plant will add a production capacity of 40 metric tonnes of blended NPK fertilizer per hour to the existing plant built in 2004, and which has a capacity of 32 metric tonnes per hour.

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According to a statement from the General Manager, Ebonyi Fertilizer and Chemical Company, Prof. Ogbonnaya Chukwu, the state government, under the leadership of Governor David Umahi, envisioned that the expanded capacity of the plant would place the company in good stead to meet the growing fertilizer needs of the state as well as those of neighbouring South-East and South-South states.

Chukwu, who doubles as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Investments, commended the Federal Government for the vision behind the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, saying farmers in the state had benefitted immensely from the programme, making it possible and easy for fertilizer blends to be delivered on time and at affordable prices.

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