Nov 19 , 2022
An organic agricultural soil-enhancing chemical dubbed Apex 10 will be commercially available in the local market. A private company, Jigra Chemicals, introduced the chemical last week at the Hilton Addis, with JSH International, a bio-environmental company headquartered in New Jersey, United States. The launch followed the signing of a deal between the two companies a year ago, allowing the Ethiopian company to have the exclusive right to distribute and sell Apex-10. Promotors promised the newly introduced product would enhance fertilizer and water efficiency by increasing the crop chlorophyll levels and accelerating the crop's metabolism. It helps the crops to move water quickly. Fiona Evans, US Embassy's deputy chief of mission, Kevin Mulvihill, CEO of JSH and Assebe Hailu, Jigra Chemicals' CEO, joined Sileshi Getahun, special advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture. According to Evans, Apex-10 has been proven to reduce the need for fertilizer and water while improving yields. This is especially important in the face of regional droughts, changing climates, and supply chain disruptions affecting the availability of both food and fertilizer. It is intended to support Ethiopian food security. For the past eight years, Apex 10 has been used in many African countries, such as Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. "It has helped increase productivity by 30pc to 40pc," said King Asomaning, a Ghanaian farmer, who attended the launching ceremony virtually. The product is a bio-simulant and soil amendment made of active, complex organic materials and peat extract. It can fertilize one hectare of land with 9.1 litres. According to Kevin, Apex 10 has been tasted in three continents: Africa, Asia & SouthAmerica. The product is currently at various stages of market penetration in 20 countries across three continents and expanding, said Kevin.
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