Leading fertilizer producer to collaborate with IITA to fill agronomic gap
Following a recent meeting with the IITA–CGIAR Excellence in Agronomy (EiA) team, Indorama returned to IITA to work out areas of collaboration in fertilizer fortification for farmers on 30 January. Speaking on behalf of the team, Indorama Head of Agronomy Titilope Oyerinde said Indorama started in Indonesia in 1976 as a textile company. The company has diversified into fertilizer production, PET, and petrochemical products. Indorama acquired Eleme Petrochemicals in Nigeria in 2006 and now produces 2.8m metric tons of urea annually.
The team is seeking areas of collaboration with IITA to drive their existent solutions to farmers’ agronomic needs, especially in improved fertilizer content. Oyerinde said, “When we came to Nigeria in 2006, Indorama leveraged the shortage of extension agents in Nigeria with various programs to empower farmers and improve their yield. Alongside developing the FarmGrow app and digitalized solutions to farmer challenges, Indorama also seeks to introduce fertilizer with micro-nutrients that will improve the quality and efficacy of urea fertilizer to farmers.”