Dangote Fertiliser empowers 150 beneficiaries impacted by pipeline construction



As a means of supporting livelihood to host communities impacted by the 54km gas pipeline to the Fertiliser plant, Dangote Fertiliser limited (DFL) embarked on a programme to empower 150 Project Affected Persons(PAPs) through a cassava enterprises programme.

The programme was geared towards mitigating the negative impact of the land acquired for the pipeline construction, whilst also supporting impacted farmers to improve farming practices in other to increase yield and income.

The programme, which is being implemented by external consultants, HarvestPlus in conjunction with the DFL Social team, involves capacity building for farmers and potential entrepreneurs for by- products of cassava and cassava stems cells.

Consequently, agro enterprise was set up for the beneficiaries where improved cassava stem bundles were delivered to farmers for planting and weed control task force were set up as well as the establishment of cassava combobite chips processors.

Speaking at a ceremony where cassava stems, combobite processing equipment and weed control equipment were donated to the beneficiaries, General Manager, Human Asset Management, Dangote Fertiliser Limited, Akin Oladiran, stated that the company in partnership with Harvest Plus is working towards enhancing food availability across the communities.

“Food is very important for survival. We understand some persons have been impacted as a result of the installation of the pipeline, but we want to ensure these impacts are addressed quickly.

“We want to eliminate the impact completely. We are also using this programme to further support the means of livelihood of Project Affected Persons.

“We are ensuring food sufficiency as well as creating wealth for every individual in the community.”

Speaking further, he noted that the company is currently working on increasing the yields of farmers through the utilisation of fertiliser.

In his words: “If the soil yield is 80 percent, we are assuring you that before the next one month, we are going to bring a product that will increase the soil yield to 100 percent.

“The factory is at an advanced stage and we going into the production stage of our fertilizer.”

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