The OCP Group – a Moroccan fertilizer giant – is to revamp the five state-owned fertilizer blending factories which were damaged following an import of substandard fertilizers, The Reporter has learnt.
The Group has agreed to make the factories operational by the end of 2018.
It is to be recalled that five state-owned fertilizer blending factories, built at a total cost of 140 million birr a couple of years ago, have ceased operation back in 2016. Particularly the case was related to an import of 75,000 tons of Boron fertilizer from Yara Switzerland for blending by these facilities.
The aforementioned fertilizer shipment was found to be below the required standards for blending. The boron fertilizer from Yara was supposed to be granular but was found to be much smaller in size. Yet again, this fertilizer shipment, which was imported in 2014/15 and 2015 /16, was distributed to fertilizer blending factories across the country.
However, these fertilizer shipments were a source of trouble to most of the blending factories as they were below the required standards and did not match with what was written on each bag as specification.
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