Nigeria on course to establish one agricultural processing zone per senatorial district
London, Feb. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government is has begun moves to secure appropriate sites to realise to set up agricultural processing zone in each of the senatorial districts in the country
Already, the ministry of industry, trade and investment has employed consultants who are currently going round and looking at each of the Senatorial Districts, with a view to knowing what agricultural processing zone will be set up in each Senatorial zone
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo who confirmed the development when he briefed newsmen after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power said the agricultural processing zones were part of efforts of government to promote agriculture as a potent source of foreign direct investments for the country
“We briefed Council on how far in implementing the priorities of government and basically we elaborated on one of the priorities given to our Ministry is the activation of the private sector led special economic zones.
“That already is in progress, with regards to one issue that has been in the headlines lately, is the establishment of agricultural processing zones in each Senatorial District.
He said the government would also work towards the realisation of one agro processing zone in each senatorial zone to boost agricultural activities in the country.
“The Ministry is already working on that. We have employed consultants who are now going round and looking at each of the Senatorial Districts, with a view to knowing what agricultural processing zone will be set up in each Senatorial zone.
Meanwhile, the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), says Nigeria will be happy to transfer its technology behind bio-tech (bt) cotton, bt cowpea and others to other African countries to help boost agricultural productivity.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Alex Akpa, the Director-General (DG) of NABDA, said this on Wednesday in Abuja during a courtesy visit by Commonwealth Students/Youth Federation for Peace.
Akpa said it was very important that Nigeria should extend this technology to other African countries “and I assure you that we will be happy to do that.’’
The DG disclosed that the variety of bt cotton developed in Nigeria is between 4.2 to 4.5 tonnes per hectare.
“In fact somebody who is a very enlightened farmer got 5 tonnes per hectare and reported that during the last field day in the agency; so you can imagine the dramatic increase.