As earlier announced, His Excellency Governor Mohammed Abubakar and a team from the state Ministry of Agriculture are currently in the Kingdom of Morocco to attend the programme of OCP-Africa in Casablanca in fulfillment of bilateral agreement between Bauchi State government and the Kingdom of Morocco.
The Moroccan company, Office Chérifien des Phosphates, OCP-Group are the largest exporters of Phosphate in all its forms worldwide and the world’s first exporters of Phosphate based products. Phosphate is used in making high quality fertilizer.
The Governor, in company of His Excellency the Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Amb Abubakar Baba paid a visit to one of OCP’s Chemical Complexes, Jorf Lasfar Chemical Complex, which is the largest in the world.
The Executive Director, Industry Operations took the governor and his entourage round the 504.00 HA complex. The Jorf Lasfar Industrial Complex have the capacity to supply Phosphate to the whole world as they comfortably produce 13 million tonnes daily and 6 million kilo-tonnes per annum.
A strategy meeting was held between the Bauchi State Government delegation headed by His Excellency Governor MA Abubakar and the Management of the OCP Group headed by the Chief Executive Officer of the group, Mr. Karim Lotfi Senhadji. A lot has been achieved so far.
The OCP Group have agreed to:
1.) Collaborate with the Bauchi State Government in numerous areas of modern agricultural development.
2.) As result of His Excellency’s unwavering commitment to the development of Agriculture in the state and his outstanding achievements in the sector particularly the resuscitation of the Bauchi Fertilizer company,
i.) the OCP Group have resolved to complement the efforts of His Excellency the governor by building a brand new world-class standard fertilizer company in the state.
ii.) The new company will be large enough to cater for the needs of the entire northern region.
iii.) The group also promised to upgrade the existing Bauchi Fertilizer Company.
Similarly, to kick-start the collaboration, OCP have already approved the commencement of OCP school lab project in the state.
The project includes:
1) mobile school that enters remote farming communities to offer training to farmers
2) mobile laboratory that analyzes soil samples of the entire state and recommend the right combination of fertilizers for the farmers. It’s called precision agriculture.
The project will be launched in April and 10,000 farmers will be targeted.
Also, a special project called Agri-booster project, where another group of 10,000 farmers will benefit from direct funding. Maize will be the priority commodity as suggested by His Excellency the Governor.
The Governor had also visited the Khouribga mining site in Khouribga Province of the Béni Mellal-Khénifra region of Morocco. Khouribga owes its growth to its large deposits of phosphate. It is the largest phosphate mining deposit in the world. The phosphate is being transferred to the chemical complex for making fertilizers.
Shamsuddeen Lukman Abubakar
S.A Communications to His Excellency the Governor of Bauchi State
9th March, 2018