Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
In line with its mandate of ensuring sufficient food production in the state, the Imo State Agricultural Development Programme, ADP, will on Wednesday June 4, 2015 launch a wonder liquid fertilizer, called Albit. Introducing the bottled fertilizer to journalists in Owerri, the Executive Director of the ADP, Dr. Romanus Onye, disclosed that the liquid fertilizer helps crops to increase in yields, quality and marketability. He disclosed that the product takes care of hectares of land with just a millimetre of measurement as against carrying heavy bags of NPK to the farm.
The new fertilizer, Onye added, had been tested by the University of Zaria and other institutions and approved by the federal ministry of Agriculture and NAFDAC. The product, which is powered by the Imo ADP in conjunction with the Association of Commercial Farmers, ACOF, and some Russian investors, according to Dr. Onye, has more numerous advantages than the normal NPK fertilizer. According to the ADP boss, it is environmentally friendly because it is harmless to plants, environment, humans and animals and that it does not cause inhalation, oral or skin irritation.
He disclosed that the product is cheaper and cost effective as according to him, one liter of Albit is enough to treat seed for fifty hectares. Dr. Onye stated that the aim of introducing the product into the state was to guarantee better harvest and improve socio-economic status of farmers in the state. In expectation of the high yield of crops arising from the use of the liquid fertilizer, he disclosed that the Imo ADP in collaboration with Tai Agro Allied Services, would be establishing international farmers’ market to support Governor Okorocha’s wealth and employment creation programme in the state.