Prof Mkenda hails Morocco’s fertiliser factory

20Jul 2021
The Guardian
Prof Mkenda hails Morocco’s fertiliser factory

AGRICULTURE minister Prof Adolf Mkenda has praised the technology used by the fertiliser making factory ‘Open Computer Project Foundation’ (OCP) of Morocco that has brought revolution in the fertiliser sector by grabbing number one spot for quality fertiliser production in the world in 2020.

The Minister made the remarks during his visit at the factory and held discussions with its management, saying he was satisfied by the fertiliser quality produced. 

In company of Tanzania Agricultural Development bank (TADB) Managing Director Japhet Justine, Prof Mkenda said:

“I have today visited the OCP fertiliser factory and witnessed its operations in the manufacture of high quality fertiliser and I congratulate you for grabbing Number One position in the world in 2020.”

The factory is a joint venture, 50 per cent owned by the Moroccan government and another 50 per cent by India, Pakistan, Germany, Brazil and Belgium.

During his discussions with OPC officials, Prof Mkenda called on the officials to look into how to solve the problem of world price increase for the fertiliser for growing.

“One basic issue we discussed is to see how they can assist us in the reduction of fertiliser process as in doing so we will be directly touching individual farmers in spurring benefits in the sector,” he said.

He said the visit was part in enhancing ties between the two countries as well as in boosting the environment in Tanzania’s farming sector.

For his part, TADB Managing Director Japhet Justine said the visit was learning and provides positive hopes in the development of the country’s agricultural sector.

Minister Mkenda and TADB managing director Justine are in Morocco in an official delegation led by the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa.

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