FERTILISER manufacturer Nufert has launched a new gypsum liquid (GYP FLO) formula on the market close to a decade after production of mass gypsum was halted locally.
Nufert managing director Anton Brown said they are the only company that has the product locally and it will help farmers condition their soils.
“We have launched GYP Flo which is liquid gypsum and we are the only company that has it, we partnered with a South African company who developed the product and we are the agent. Unlike the mass gypsum which was difficult to apply, GYP FLO can be put through pivot and it is more effective”.
He said since launching the GYP FLO the company had received substantial orders from horticulture and tea growers.
Zimphos used to produce gypsum but stopped production and since then farmers have struggled to get the product locally.
While farmers have always used gypsum its demand has increased in recent years owing to research that has underscored its benefit to the soil.
Among the benefits is it being a source of calcium and sulphur for plant nutrition, improves acid soil, treats aluminum toxicity.
Gypsum is also credited with improving water infiltration and helps reduce water infiltration.
Brown said besides the GYP FlO the company has also introduced a new fertilizer range of Urea black that does well on maize and wheat.
“This is granulated urea coated in an organic complex of carbon and other biological stimulants that increase the microbial activity around the granule optimizing nitrogen use efficiency. It does well on maize and wheat”
Meanwhile Brown said the company was looking at commissioning another 300 ton fertiliser blender in Chinhoyi to complement the existing one as it expects demand for its products to grow.
He said the company had also bolstered its agronomy teams in anticipation of boom in the agriculture sector regarded as the mainstay of the economy.
The company currently operates a plant in Harare and has a warehouse in Chinhoyi with capacity to 50 000 tons of fertilizer.
He said the company is also targeting the export market with Zambia a prime destination.
Brown said government should streamline its regulations to allow fertilizer manufacturers to bring in the necessary raw materials without much hassle.