GCC producers looking to specialise in agri-nutrients

Muscat - 

Keeping in mind that the fertiliser industry plays a vital role in maintaining food security globally, GCC producers are now looking to specialise in agri-nutrient products especially in the field of nitrogen fertilisers.

Eng Isam bin Saud al Zadjali, CEO, Oman Oil Company, and Chairman of Oman India Fertiliser Company (Omifco), revealed this while speaking at the 10th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) convention.

Held under the theme, ‘Transformation: A New Era for the Agri-nutrients Industry’, the three-day convention which began on September 24, at Kempinski Hotel Muscat under the patronage of H E Dr Hamed Said al Oufi, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Eng Zadjali said, “The aim of the convention is to discuss the issues related to transformation of the fertiliser industry. This is in light of the global climate change, the potential impact of fertiliser trade and the key drivers behind the future growth. It is also discussing topics related to creating a stable environment, reinventing global distribution channels and reviewing the latest technological development in the world.

“The 10th GPCA fertiliser convention platform has turned out to be an important platform to exchange knowledge and enhancing communication between regional and global strategic leaders, partners and stakeholders.”

Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery, chairman, GPIC and vice chairman GPCA, said, “Over 300 leading chief executives of agri-nutrient industry are here with us today. International companies are interested in sharing their knowledge and technologies with us.

“Our industry is the pillar of supporting UN initiative in securing food for 7.5bn people living on earth.”

He added, “GCC plays a significant role in achieving this initiative of the global international community. We produce over 38mn tonnes of nutrients in this part of the world mostly ammonia, urea and Diammonium phosphate.

“And we hope that in the next ten years we can add another 4.7mn tonnes of production not just the phosphate fertilisers but also ammonia and urea.”

The GPCA convention is discussing the role of disruptive technologies, digitalisation and integration in the fertiliser industry, and future opportunities in agri-nutrients.

Technical sessions dedicated to environmental stewardship along with a workshop on human capital will provide further opportunities to share knowledge and best practices.

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