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Madagascar seeks Moroccan fertiliser investment

Workers fill bags with fertiliser in Morocco’s northern city of Meknes. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images

Madagascar is seeking an investment from Morocco in the fertiliser sector as part of its efforts to achieve farming self-sufficiency, President Andry Rajoelina said.

“We are seeking Moroccan fertilisers as well as investments in the fertilisers’ sector,” Rajoelina, who visited Morocco in October, told Reuters in an email.

Morocco’s state-owned phosphate and fertiliser producer OCP is building blenders across the continent to customise fertilisers, as well as soil nutrient and ammonia production plants in Nigeria and Ethiopia.

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“We need the expertise of all, notably the Moroccan agri-food industry,” he said.

The setting up of a fertiliser production plant is “a priority” in Madagascar’s Emergence Plan, he said.

Some 80% of Malagasy people depend on 31% of Madagascar’s 8 million-hectare arable lands, he said.

OCP said in October it would allocate 4 million tonnes of fertilisers for the African market next year, double its sales on the continent in 2021.

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Previously, in July, it said it was offering 180,000 tonnes of soil nutrients in aid and 370,000 tonnes at a discount to help African states cope with surging prices.

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