For him, the problem lies elsewhere. "I think the use of fertilizer must go through a special soil study so that we put the right dose of fertilizer in the right place," he suggests on agridigitale.
Speaking of approvals at the European level, he gives the example of REACH where traceability is requested on all the constituents of the fertilizer.
"It is in relation to the toxicity that some components such as mercury or sinker that can be absorbed by the plant and end up in our plate that some fertilizers are not approved in the European community and that is valid for all chemicals," he explains.
Mr. Zoch therefore urges manufacturers and distributors of fertilizers to sufficiently communicate on the prescriptions that are often marked on the bags. On this aspect, there is a Pan-African group, INDORAMA, which offers free training to national extension services that serve as a relay to farmers.
"Today, we make fertilizer but the problem is that we all eat the same thing that is produced. If we do not train them well, the finished product will be bad for all of us. So, we have the duty to supervise the producers to produce well so that in return, we too, we can eat good products, "clarifies Josias Toviho, Agronomist within the group INDORAMA.
Based in Nigeria, INDORAMA is specialized in the manufacture of granular Urea with another unit in Senegal that produces NPK fertilizers according to the type of crop and depending on the needs of the customer.
"In Africa, we still have the problem of food self-sufficiency. To get there and go to export like the Europeans, we have to go through all the forces, including chemical fertilizers, but not only that. Because, we realized that we cannot do exclusively organic fertilizer and we cannot do exclusively chemical fertilizer, "defends the agronomist.
On behalf of the group, Josias currently provides training in Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso.
ArrMaz* is American company present in 75 countries with manufacturing units in Brazil, China, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, USA (4). In Morocco, the company is active in the fertilizer and mining sectors.