Nigeria and Indonesia Forge Strategic Alliance to Fuel Agricultural Growth with Coal-Based Fertiliser Plant

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The federal government has formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indonesia, paving the way for the establishment of a state-of-the-art coal-based fertiliser plant. The collaborative effort, signed during a landmark ceremony in Abuja, aims to propel agricultural production, aligning with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision for self-sufficiency and surplus food exportation.

The crucial accord materialized during the signing ceremony of a production license agreement between the National Agency for Science and Engineering Technology (NASENI) and the Indonesian firm, PT Saputra Global Harvest. This strategic alliance marks a significant stride towards technological cooperation, focusing on the production of coal-based fertilisers.

Khalil Halilu, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NASENI, voiced optimism about the partnership with Saputra Harvest. He emphasized the potential for increased innovation, technology transfer, and industrialization within Nigeria. Halilu underlined the importance of this venture in realizing President Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda, which extends beyond self-sufficiency to position Nigeria as a surplus food exporter.

Highlighting the pivotal role of agriculture, Halilu underscored its impact on unemployment reduction and foreign exchange generation, contributing significantly to the national economy.

The comprehensive agreement with Saputra encompasses three key areas: the supply of machinery and equipment for coal-based fertiliser production, capacity development through the training of Nigerian personnel, and licensing to ensure the production adheres to rigorous quality standards.

Dr. H. Usra Hendra Harahap, the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria, shared insights during the ceremony, emphasizing the MoU as a testament to the enduring partnership between the two nations. He highlighted their joint commitment to advancements in agriculture and technology.

The Ambassador described the fertiliser plant not merely as a facility but as a symbol of the robust partnership between Indonesia and Nigeria. He expressed confidence in the substantial benefits this collaboration with Saputra would bring to Nigeria’s agriculture sector, emphasizing the incorporation of state-of-the-art technology and sustainable practices.

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