Sunday, September 6, 2015

Firm to export agrochemicals to Ghana

Nigeria’s agricultural inputs development and distribution company –The Candel Company Limited – is set to commence the export of its made-in-Nigeria agrochemical products to Ghana.

The Chairman, Candel Group, Mr. Charles Anudu, disclosed this during a statutory plant inspection and assessment of the firm’s factory located at the Lekki Free Trade Zone by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana.

According to a statement from the firm, Anudu revealed that the plant, which was inaugurated barely three months ago, now had the capacity to export crop protection chemicals and foliar fertilizers to Ghana.

He said, “As a company, we have been operating in Ghana for about 15 years, trading in agrochemical products made for us in Asia and Europe, but now we want to export our made-in-Nigeria products which are made with the context of the West African farmer as the focus. We will supply our own distribution network as well as private customers in that market.”

Assuring the visiting regulatory agency of the quality of Candel agrochemical products, Anudu noted that quality was of utmost importance to the company. ‘’We ensure that the quality of the chemical content in our bottle is exactly as written on the label. Our approach to quality is a holistic one which includes the quality of the content as well as the packaging,’’ he stated.

The Managing Director, The Candel Company Limited, Mr. Emmanuel Kattie, stated that the company’s innovative Research & Development unit had produced the foliar fertilizer for Cocoa which both feed the cocoa crop while protecting its pods from the dreaded Black Pod disease”.

He added that the firm had a new Maize herbicide that does not contain Atrazine thereby resolving the underground water problems associated with this active ingredient.

Speaking shortly after the plant inspection, the Head of Chemical Control & Management Centre of EPA, Ghana, Dr. SamAdu-Kumi said, ‘’Most of the Agrochemical products that come into our country are substandard.

In our sub-region, we only have one factory. Candel’s plant and standards are a welcome development that will help boost the economy of Nigeria and trickle down to other West African countries.

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