OCP Africa delivered a shipment of 32,000 tons of diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilizers in Tanzania on Monday, February 26, 2018, in addition to a previous shipment of 23,500 tons. This operation is part of OCP Africa commitment to guarantee to local farmers access to fertilizers at competitive prices. «At OCP Africa, we are relentlessly focused on the farmer in providing the right fertilizers, at the right time, at competitive prices» M. Karim Senhadji, OCP Africa CEO said. «As an African company we also understand the diverse and complex needs of African soils and what it takes to increase farmers’ yields in order to feed a growing population. That’s why we are committed to providing our partners across the Continent with the right fertilizers, at the right time, at the right place. » This delivery is part of an approach well underway, in which OCP Africa through its local subsidiary in Tanzania has been working to develop many local partnerships.
OCP Africa has developed a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Tanzanian Fertilizer Company (TFC), with whom they were selected via a call for tender for the delivery of 23,500 tons of fertilizer. OCP Africa has also partnered with the Tanzanian Fertilizer Regulation Authority and the Mlingano Agricultural Research Institute. A two-year collaboration agreement has been signed with this institute to promote the upscaling of local expertise, develop fertilizers specific to maize and rice crops in Tanzania and to study the production of fertilizer at the local level.
This collaboration is the result of a finding in the soil analyses, of which OCP and the Institute are working on the development of adapted formulas. More than 800 soil samples have been collected from 63 agro-ecological zones and were analyzed during the project’s first phase in 2017. The second phase to take place in 2018 should bring that number up to 1,400. The analysis also makes it possible to study opportunities to plant certain crops, other than maize and rice, in particular, potatoes which is gaining increased importance and value in the country. Products that can significantly increase maize and rice yields are not yet available to farmers in Tanzania and therefore need to be soundly designed, tested and make available to the majority of the farmers.