The main mandate of the Department is to make available adequate quantities of high quality fertilizers (inorganic and organic) to Nigerian farmers to increase agricultural production, ensure food and cash crop self-sufficiency and also increase farmer’s income. Other mandates include:-
Formulation of policy and regulatory framework for the country in collaboration with ECOWAS Sub-Region and D8 Countries
Regulate fertilizer quality standards in the country in accordance with item (i) above
Develop, promote and adopt the use of organic fertilizer in the country
Ensure timely availability and equitable distribution of fertilizer in the country
Carry out field trials on pilot basis in collaboration with research institutes on new fertilizer technologies to determine adoption or otherwise
Provide policy advocacy on fertilizer including environmental impact assessment
Development of the Fertilizer Market nationwide through Public Private Partnership strategy.
This is nn compliance to the Federal Executive Council Resolution of 1999, the Farm Input Support Services Department was created and admitted in the Establishment under the office of Head of Service of the Federation vide Federal Executive Council Conclusion No. EC6(99)10.
Timely provision of good quality fertilizer to farmers in the most cost effective manner.
To ensure that Nigerian farmers have easy access to high quality fertilizers for their use in an efficient and cost effective manner to increase agricultural production and ensure food security, and to enhance the quality of life of rural farmers.
The Department operates through five (5) Divisions namely:-
Fertilizer Use and Growth Enhancement Support Division (FGESD)
Inspectorate (Quality Control and Monitoring) Division
Organic Fertilizer Promotion and Development Division (OFPDD)
Technical Support Services Division (TSSD)
National Fertilizer Development Center (NFDC)
a)Fertilizer use and Growth Enhancement Support
Advice on the appropriate subsidy levels
Monitoring and analysis of market dynamics and pricing levels etc
Advise on the appropriate timing and level of market intervention
Initiate the process for the intervention of Government for seasonal/annual supply of fertilizers to the farmers in the country
Liaise with the various State Government/FCT and other relevant stakeholders on the planning implementation of Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme
Administration of GES scheme to all registered farmers across the country
Liaising with various fertilizer companies/plants/suppliers on issues of production/supply/marketing and Agro-Dealership network development across the country
Liaising with security agencies on fertilizer use generally
Monitor the implementation of the GES scheme
Ensure timely delivery, distribution and recovery of proceeds from the States/FCT, etc
Liaising with various Value Chain Teams on the planning and implementation of GES nationwide.
b) Inspectorate (Quality Control and Monitoring) Division
Ensure that the quality of both inorganic and organic fertilizers in the country (locally produced and imported) meet set quality standards
Liaising with National Fertilizer Development Center, Standard Organization of Nigeria and relevant research institutes on fertilizer qualities/specifications
Oversee the manufacturing companies/plants as well as marketers in the country for effective compliance with quality control regulations
Development and implementation of the fertilizer legislation in the country such as issuance of end-users certificate and sales permit to all supplier and agro-dealers in the country
Liaise with the International Fertilizer Development Center, Nigeria office on aspects of the fertilizer that relate to the Department.
c) Organic Fertilizer Promotion and Development Division (OFPDD)
Responsible for the development and promotion of organic fertilizer in the country
Coordinating/liaising with the relevant Research Institutes and other agencies on organic fertilizer use and development of related technologies
Promotion of the use of organic fertilizers in collaboration with the National Fertilizer Development Center and the Extension Services
Liaising with relevant bodies on the packaging and marketing of organic fertilizers
Monitoring of the development of organic fertilizers in the country
Promoting the adoption of technologies of organic fertilizer production among entrepreneurs in the industry.
d) Technical Support Services Division (TSSD)
Collect, collate and develop data on decision making in fertilizer sub-sector
Carry out annual fertilizer demand and supply study to determine the quantity of fertilizer use both at farmer’s and national level
Conduct studies and surveys to determine economic, social and other variables that accelerate or retard the rate of adoption and use of fertilizers and the impact of the use of fertilizers on agricultural production and the economy in general (impact assessment).
Preparation of annual budget, MTSS (medium term sector) strategy workplan of the Department.
Monitoring and Evaluation of the activities of the Department including collection, collation and preparation of periodic and annual reports of the Department and provision of necessary data on fertilizer in the country on annual basis for onward passage to planning Department.
e) National Fertilizer Development Center (NFDC)
Conduct regular laboratory tests and field trials on new fertilizer technologies/products, carry out verification and quality control tests to determine their efficacy before introduction
Maintain and develop data banks on fertilizer production technologies, new products, and collates technical information
Conducts training workshops, seminars etc for Federal, State and other stakeholders. Relate and collaborate with the relevant research institutes, Universities, International Fertilizer Development Center and other organizations both locally and Internationally on new fertilizer technologies and products including the Soil Fertility Initiative (SFI) Project under the FGN/FAO/SPFS
Collaborate with Zonal Research Institutes for laboratory tests and field trials through the Zonal Coordinators