Organic Fertilizer Manufacturers Botswana (OFMB)

Investing in our soil to feed the future!

INTRODUCTION

OFMB is a world-class ECOCERT certified organic fertilizer manufacturer established in Botswana in 2011. This joint venture company was formed with Botswana and International shareholders as a result of Mike Hallam’s vision to utilize locally produced animal waste products primarily from beef feedlots for the manufacturing of a range of granulated organic and organically blended fertilizers.

It is a well-known fact that chemical fertilizers’ efficiencies are very low due to leaching, volatilisation and fixation. This contributes to low fertilizer efficiency (as low as 40-60% for nitrogen, 40-50% for potassium, and 30% for phosphorous). The most limiting factor today is microbial activity in the soil. Plant nutritionists must integrate plant nutrition and soil biology. Research has consistently shown that soil micro-organisms will increase the efficiency of applied fertilizers.

“A nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

For every 1% increase in soil organic matter per hectare:

22-29 Kg of Nitrogen is available every year

5-7 Kg of Phosphate is available every year

2-3 Kg of Sulphur is available every year

234,000 Litres of available water

INVESTMENTS

OFMB has invested in and installed a state of the art blending and bagging plant with a capacity of 60,000 tons per annum.

OFMB has also installed a packing and sealing plant primarily for its organic products with a capacity of 20,000 tons per annum.

A fertilizer granulation plant has been installed and its capacity is 30,000 tons per annum.

OFMB is currently supplying Botswana and surrounding countries such as Zambia, DRC and Zimbabwe with Organic and organically blended fertilizer in a granulated form that is easily applied by farmers through their planters or fertilizer spreaders.

OFMB is able to supply Organic or any Organically enhanced fertilizer required for a particular crop, soil or basic environment.

ADVANTAGES

  • The Botswana Ministry of Agriculture has a mandate to reduce imports and increase local agricultural production whilst ensuring that the fragile soils of Botswana are not lost to future generations. The Ministry recognises the importance of Soil Organic matter.

  • Botswana, because of its strategic geographic position, is ideally placed to penetrate the regional agricultural input requirement market mainly being South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, and the D.R.C.

  • OFMB, with the association of its local partners, imports significant quantities of maize; maize bran; molasses and other raw materials necessary for the livestock industry in the country as well as for its partners feedlot, which ensures a constant supply of raw materials in the form of manures to make the fertilizer.

  • There is a substantial demand for our Organic and Organically enhanced fertilizers in South Africa. OFMB’s products have already been trialled and tested in South Africa and have demonstrated excellent results.

With strategic rail networks expanding westwards in the pipeline and the establishment of “dry port” facilities already in Namibia, OFMB sees huge opportunities for the export of its products primarily to the West African countries in the North.

EXPORT

OFMB is currently supplying Botswana and surrounding countries such as Zambia, DRC and Zimbabwe with Organic and organically blended fertilizer in a granulated form that is easily applied by farmers through their planters or fertilizer spreaders.

With its partners, suppliers and customers, OFMB is continuously investing in the new ground breaking technologies, products, research and development to ensure it keeps pace with changes in the agricultural sector and climate and ultimately provide a service and product most suitable to the farmers in the country and region

FERTILIZERS AVAILABLE

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Organic Fertilizer

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Organically Blended

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Chemical Fertilizers

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OFMB is not limited to these products. We can make any fertilizer you require.