Kwara: Sugar self sufficiency target.
Kwara: Sugar self sufficiency target.

The Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) Zacch Adedeji says Nigeria has put in place necessary policies and programmes that would accelerate Nigeria’s drive to attain self sufficiency in sugar production as captured in the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP), a ten year policy document for the sector.

Adedeji who disclosed this while on a working visit to one of the stakeholders in Lafiagi community in Kwara State stated that the time has come for the sector to replicate the successes it has recorded in the refining of raw sugar, which according to him is the bedrock of sugar production.

The Executive Seretary of the National Sugar Development Council, Zacch Adedeji stated that with its huge human population and vast arable land, the State can become a major player within the global sugar sector.

While reiterating government’s commitment to meaningfully address peculiar challenges such as flooding, smuggling, shortage of foreign exchange and insecurity facing the sector, Adedeji also stressed the need for players in the industry to operate within the guidelines and regulations as contained in the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan

The NSDC boss while assuring investors of government’s continued support to ease their operations hinted that more investors have indicated interest in the sector in the last two years with over N250 billion investments in the last five years.

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